Manchester United F.C. vs Chelsea F.C.: Friends Reunite as Jose Mourinho, Louis van Gaal Clash

Manchester United F.C. host table-toppers Chelsea F.C. on Sunday.

updated: October 25, 2014 12:28 IST
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Clash of the heavyweights! Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho will face-off against each other on Sunday.


Jose Mourinho and Louis van Gaal insist their friendship will survive whatever happens when Chelsea look to cement their position on top of the Premier League with a statement victory at Manchester United on Sunday.

Mourinho has never hidden his distain for some of his managerial rivals, with Arsenal's Arsene Wenger and Aston Villa's Paul Lambert crossing swords with the Chelsea boss already this season, and the prospect of a crucial clash with a team capable of ending his side's unbeaten start would usually bring out the antagonist in the Portuguese coach.

Yet there should be a refreshing lack of animosity on the sidelines at Old Trafford this weekend, however heated the action becomes on the pitch, because Mourinho and United manager van Gaal have a bond that dates back 17 years to the day their paths first crossed at Barcelona.

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