Man Utd news: Jose Mourinho backed to punish Man City in bold Cristiano Ronaldo claim

That’s according to Red Devils hero Dimitar Berbatov.

Jose Mourinho comes face-to-face with rival Pep Guardiola at the Etihad tomorrow afternoon in the first Manchester derby of the season.

City finished 19 points ahead of their neighbours last season as they strolled to the Premier League title and they’re currently unbeaten this year as they look to retain their crown.

United will need to cope with their opponent’s attacking threat, with Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane all in stunning form this campaign.


“I’m surprised that City are such strong favourites for the match.”


Man Utd hero Dimitar Berbatov

Mourinho’s side came from behind to beat Juventus during the week, with former star Cristiano Ronaldo’s excellent strike ultimately meaningless.

And Berbatov believes United won’t struggle to keep City quiet after battling well to limit the Serie A giants to just one goal.

“With both teams getting positive results in the Champions League, the Manchester derby clash on Sunday couldn’t have been set up better,” he told Betfair.

“City are in great shape of course, scoring goals for fun, but United have had some positive results, showing good spirit to come back from behind more than once and it will be difficult for both teams.


Jose Mourinho

Man Utd boss Jose Mourinho has been backed to conquer Man City tomorrow (Pic: GETTY)

Cristiano Ronaldo

Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo scored a stunner against Man Utd on Wednesday (Pic: GETTY)

“I’m surprised that City are such strong favourites for the match, but that will be good news for me when I bet on Man Utd and win some money.

“Of course, United defenders will have to be on top form to keep out Sterling, Aguero and co, but Juventus were also odds-on favourites and had the likes of Ronaldo and Dybala in their ranks, so it can be done.

“The betting markets also expect plenty of goals here but these derby games don’t always go in the way you anticipate.

“The players and fans are charged up and the games can be a bit scrappy, so I wouldn’t be surprised if it was a low scoring affair.”