Jose Mourinho has stoked tensions ahead of Sunday's derby at Old Trafford by accusing Manchester City players of diving.
Speaking on Friday, opposite number Pep Guardiola commented upon a "correct" and "friendly" relationship between the two managers since their arrival in Manchester last year – somewhat at odds with the tempestuous feuding that marked their respective spells at Barcelona and Real Madrid.
Earlier this week, Mourinho suggested Guardiola lied about playmaker David Silva being a doubt for this weekend's clash. Silva has since been declared fit to face United.
Now the Portuguese has seemingly made another attempted to reopen old wounds with a far more provocative pre-match comment, stating that City's attacking players "lose balance very easily".
"They defend well, they react well to the moment they lose the ball. They have a good dynamic in attack," he said.
"They have creative movements, amazing players, a fantastic coach.
"They have lots of good things. If you ask me one thing that I don't like a lot, it's that they lose balance very easily. A little bit of wind and they fall."
City have won four penalties this season, more than any other side in the Premier League.
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