4 Premier League stars who have played under both Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho

Pep Guardiola
Pep Guardiola's Manchester City host Jose Mourinho's Manchester United on Sunday

It goes without saying that Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola are two of the finest managers in Europe right now. The Premier League fans are lucky to see both of them plying their trade in England together.

Both of these managers honed their skills in LaLiga with Catalan giants Barcelona, starting out as assistant managers. They have become the most sought-after managers in the business not only by various clubs, but by star players too, who want to work and grow under their tutelage.

Over the years both Mourinho and Guardiola had some of the very best players such as - Messi and Ronaldo playing under them. But, there have been very few lucky players who had the opportunity to spent some time with both the managers at different clubs.

So, with the managers facing each other in the upcoming Manchester derby, let us now take a look at the four current Premier League players who had played under both Mourinho and Guardiola at some point in their career.

#1 Alexis Sanchez

Alexis Sanchez has been given the No.7 jersey by Mourinho at Manchester United
Alexis Sanchez has been given the No.7 jersey by Mourinho at Manchester United

Alexis Sanchez, the current player donning the legendary No.7 jersey at Old Trafford, used to play for Barcelona before he moved to the Premier League with Arsenal. Sanchez was signed by none other than Pep Guardiola for Barcelona in 2011, following a stellar season in the Serie A by the Chilean.

He became the first Chilean ever at the Camp Nou and was immediately inducted into the first team by Guardiola.

"Sanchez is very young," he told BBC.
"He can play in all three attacking positions, he shows intense defensive skills, he's direct and from what I've been told, he's a very nice kid."

The Chilean winger blossomed at Camp Nou under the Catalan and in the single season they spent together he scored 12 goals. After Guardiola left Barcelona, Sanchez spent two more seasons in Spain, finally earning a move to Arsenal in 2014.

His goal-scoring threat at Arsenal attracted the attention of Jose Mourinho, who signed him from his bitter rival Wenger this January. All we can say is that he was performing much better under the Spaniard and is yet to find his rhythm under the former Chelsea boss.

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Edited by Abhinav Munshi
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