Guardiola cools talk of Mourinho rift: City players more important than Man Utd boss

Guardiola is set to resume his bitter and long-running rivalry with Mourinho, who starts his job as manager at neighbours Manchester United today.

City’s new boss has been busy reshaping his squad and his backroom team at the Etihad Stadium, naming retired Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta as one of four assistant coaches yesterday – as we revealed he would in February.

And Guardiola is adamant he will not be dragged into public disputes with his arch-rival across Manchester.

“The most important thing in football is that people don’t come to the stadium to see how good the manager is. They come to see how good our players are,” he said.

“It’s not just this year – there have been many, many good managers in the Premier League, with Jose, with Jurgen Klopp, with Antonio Conte, with Claudio Ranieri, with Mauricio Pochettino, with Ronald Koeman. The reason I am here is just to help the players.”

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