Is Mourinho just a sexy version of Tony Pulis?

West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis

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Manchester United travel to West Bromwich Albion this weekend hoping to prove that they are genuine contenders for a top four spot in the Premier League. But has Jose Mourinho got something else to prove at the Hawthorns?

HITC Sport's Michael Ramsey and James Rutherford seem to think so...

"Would you say they're that far apart: Tony Pulis and Mourinho?" HITC's Michael says.

"One wears a baseball cap, the other has a sultry Portuguese accent. But really, aren't they cut from the same cloth? Mourinho's just a bit more of a sexy Tony Pulis."

It is safe to say that Mourinho has taken some time to find his feet at Old Trafford. The Red Devils currently find themselves sixth in the top flight and six points adrift of a Champions League spot. 

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho applauds fans after the gameManchester United manager Jose Mourinho

Meanwhile, Tony Pulis' men have bounced back from a slow start to sit just one place below them in the division, having won four of their last six games, including an emphatic 3-1 victory over Swansea City on Wednesday night.

Perhaps therefore, Michael's suggestion that Mourinho is simply just a sexier version of the arguably underrated Pulis is not as bizarre a claim as it may initially seem.

Mourinho has demonstrated on numerous occasions during his career that he is one of the best tacticians in the game, often setting his team up in the perfect manner to neutralise an opponent's strengths. 

West Bromwich Albion manager Tony PulisWest Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis

However, if that same sentence was written about Pulis rather than Mourinho, would it be any less true? 

As the guys point out, neither side has managed to capture the imagination with their style of play this term, but there is no question that they both have their strengths that make them incredibly difficult to beat. 

Unsurprisingly therefore, the guys could not agree on where the points will be going this Saturday.

To find out their thoughts in full, simply watch the preview at the top of the page...

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