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WhoScored's Ali Tweedale compares the records of Jose Mourinho and David Moyes as they prepare to meet in week two of the new season.

Last Updated: 26/06/13 at 14:59 Post Comment   

David Moyes and Jose Mourinho: Will face each other early in the season

David Moyes and Jose Mourinho: Will face each other early in the season

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The announcement of the Premier League schedule nearly two months before the season actually starts sends the ordinary fan, bored of living off mere transfer speculation and international football, into a spin of excitement ahead of the new campaign.

There is very little we can actually take from being told who our team will face in August, but the prospect of contemplating how each team will fare in the early stages of the season is enough to entertain us, for now at least.

While the first round of fixtures leaves something to be desired and might not quench our thirst when it finally rolls around, week two looks rather more tasty.

Much of the summer has been spent wondering what riches David Moyes can bring to Old Trafford in Sir Alex Ferguson's absence, as well as how Jose Mourinho's return to Chelsea will pan out in reality, given that many fans have attributed to him a god-like status during his time away from Stamford Bridge.

After winnable opening fixtures, against Swansea and Hull, respectively, the newly-instated managers face each other in Manchester as the title challengers seek to draw first blood.

That Moyes has been handed a six-year contract at United suggests there won't be undue pressure on him from an early stage. That is not to say, though, that the media won't jump on any slip-up his United side make, with immediate comparisons made to Ferguson's approach and Moyes' misgivings highlighted.

Similarly, if Mourinho falters at an early hurdle, every opportunity will be taken to try and knock him from his pedestal.

Therefore, in spite of it coming early on in the season, the meeting between the two sides is still extremely important to both bosses.

The Mourinho effect could well propel the home team to a dominant win over Hull on the opening day of the season. Mourinho has started 12 campaigns as a manager and not once has he tasted defeat in the first league game. Included in that time is 4 seasons at Chelsea, and as can be seen on WhoScored's Premier League page, the Blues won each of the opening games with the Portuguese manager at the helm.

Since leaving the Premier League, the Special One has failed to have quite so profound an effect with his motivation at the beginning of a season, winning only one of his five season openers at Inter and Real Madrid.

Back at Chelsea though, he may inspire the kind of form that saw his title winning side of 2005/06 win their first nine games of the season.

David Moyes, on the other hand, oversaw one too many slow starts during his time at Everton for the liking of the Manchester United faithful. His opening day Premier League record across his nine seasons in the top flight reads DLLLWWLLLLW. That's just 10 points taken from a possible 33, and things generally didn't get much better for the Toffees as early blows were exchanged.

In fact, in only five of his 11 seasons at Goodison Park did he lead his side to wins in at least half of their opening 6 games, and only once were the Toffees still unbeaten after four games.

Moyes won 36% of his opening six games of the season whilst in charge of Everton, compared to an overall win rate of 41%. Only a small difference, yes, but an difference nonetheless.

At Old Trafford he will have a better squad at his disposal, but expectations will be accordingly higher and the Scot will need to start better than he usually managed at Everton.

What is more, while Mourinho was managing in England, he and Moyes faced off on eight occasions in all competitions, with Chelsea coming out on top in five matches and Everton failing to win any.

Chelsea fans should be wary, however, that Moyes masterminded home Premier League wins over the Blues in three of his final four seasons at Goodison and clearly knows how to beat the Blues.

Mourinho, however, knows what it takes to beat Manchester United. In his first ever game at Chelsea he guided his side to a 1-0 win over United, before overcoming the Red Devils over two legs in the league cup quarter final before later winning 3-1 at Old Trafford.

During his previous stint in England, Mourinho faced United nine times and lost on only one occasion. Then, after leaving London, Mourinho lost to United in 2008/09 with Inter, but exacted revenge this season with a 2-1 Real Madrid win at the Theatre of Dreams.

Jose Mourinho knows what he is doing, and he is vastly experienced in high pressure games. As David Moyes' first such match in charge at Old Trafford, the pressure might just get the better of him, while the visiting manager could pick up yet another win over Manchester United to add to his rather packed CV.

By WhoScored.com's Ali Tweedale. Follow him on Twitter at @alitweedale

All statistics courtesy of WhoScored.com, where you can find yet more stats, including live in-game data and unique player and team ratings.

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