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Jose Mourinho bus drives around city centre before Manchester derby

An old London bus is being driven around Manchester city centre on the eve of the derby mocking Jose Mourinho.

Mancunians spotted the bus in Piccadilly Gardens, past Manchester Victoria and on Peter Street as they went about their daily routines and have taken plenty of pictures and videos.

The bus billed as 'Jose's Big Red Bus' is a reference to the United manager's supposed 'park the bus' tactic which City supporters have derided since the first derby of the season in December. The destination sign reads: 'Next stop: Etihad pitch', accompanied by a smug picture of Mourinho.

Blues have predictably lapped up the publicity stunt on social media ahead of Saturday's tea time derby. If City beat United they will become the earliest champions in the Premier League era, beating United's 2001 record by seven days.

City supporters have regularly chirped 'Park the bus, Man United, playing football the Mourinho way' as they celebrate their style superiority over their neighbours in a season where Pep Guardiola's champions-elect have scored 28 more goals in the Premier League than United.

Although Mourinho coined the phrase 'park the bus' during his first spell as Chelsea manager, it was actually used to describe the defending by an opposition side. Tottenham earned a goalless draw at Stamford Bridge in September 2004.

"Tottenham might as well have put the team bus in front of their goal," Mourinho said. "Sometimes when you are a big club, a very small club comes to your stadium. Tottenham got a point they shouldn't."



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