This coming Saturday is going to be the Manchester derby against an old time rivalry Jose Mourinho and manager Pep Guardiola, as Man U welcome Man City to old Trafford for their first match against the duo in premier league. Due to an increase tension that has capitalise the build up to the match on Saturday around 400 officers are expected to be on duty for the 12.30pm kick-off and they will be briefed about the Mourinho/Guardiola feud which dates back to their days managing Real Madrid and Barcelona. The clash is the highest-profile fixture at United’s home since the fiasco at their final match of last season against Bournemouth, which was abandoned after a dummy bomb left on a training exercise sparked a mass evacuation.
A new plan and strategy has been put in place with United sparing no expense to ensure that, should such a situation arise again, it is dealt with more efficiently.
According to DailyMaily:
‘There is no intelligence to suggest that there will be mass disorder. And while it does not necessarily affect the risk element, police are aware of the Jose Mourinho/Pep Guardiola rivalry and that the arrival of the new managers and their own rivalry could bring heightened tension.
Chief Inspector Dean Howard, from greater Manchester Police (GMP), is Saturday’s match commander’
‘This is arguably the biggest game of the season so far and no doubt will have the eyes of the world watching. We have a lot of experience policing high-profile fixtures such as this and we work closely with officials and fan groups from both clubs. The vast majority of supporters are law-abiding members of the public and we hope all those in attendance enjoy the game in a competitive but safe atmosphere, allowing Manchester to once again showcase its football.’