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Alan Pardew: 'Jose Mourinho more of a winner than Pep Guardiola'

Alan Pardew believes that the winning mentality of Jose Mourinho sets the Manchester United boss apart from Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola.

Alan Pardew has claimed that the winning mentality of Jose Mourinho sets the Manchester United boss apart from Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola.

The Portuguese has been criticised for his negative approach to games against other big clubs this season, which has generally involved pragmatic tactics.

Pardew, however, insists that football is a results business and that taking three points is more important than providing entertainment for supporters.

In addition, the West Bromwich Albion manager - whose side host the Red Devils on Sunday - suggests that Mourinho is a proven winner, as shown by his Europa League, Community Shield and League Cup haul in his first season at Old Trafford.

"Jose and myself would love to win a game 4-0 playing flamboyant football," Pardew told reporters. "You can't do that, you just have to find a way to win sometimes. That's the thing he does better than anyone else, including Pep. He wins more trophies.

"He gets a lot of criticism which I think is unfounded. You get to the Community Shield by winning the Premier League or FA Cup. Then that's another trophy. I don't understand why people don't think it's a trophy. His targets and what he does are about winning. Simple as that.

"As managers of course, particularly if you're manager of Manchester United, you're going to get criticised. Sir Alex Ferguson got criticised and went through periods where fans were baying for him. It comes with the territory and Jose's strong enough and big enough to win trophies, which I'm sure he's going to do."

Man United currently sit second in the Premier League table, 14 points behinds leaders Man City with a game in hand.

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
CManchester CityMan City34293298257390
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd34235665263974
3Liverpool352011480374371
4Tottenham HotspurSpurs34208666313568
5Chelsea34196959342563
6Arsenal341761166462057
7Burnley351411103532353
8Leicester CityLeicester341111124947244
9Everton34119143954-1542
10Newcastle UnitedNewcastle33118143542-741
11Bournemouth35911154158-1738
12Watford35108174260-1838
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton34812143247-1536
14Crystal Palace35811163654-1835
15West Ham UnitedWest Ham34811154263-2135
16Huddersfield TownHuddersfield3498172754-2735
17Swansea CitySwansea3489172751-2433
18Southampton34514153353-2029
19Stoke CityStoke35611183265-3329
20West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom35413182954-2525
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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
CManchester CityMan City34293298257390
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd34235665263974
3Liverpool352011480374371
4Tottenham HotspurSpurs34208666313568
5Chelsea34196959342563
6Arsenal341761166462057
7Burnley351411103532353
8Leicester CityLeicester341111124947244
9Everton34119143954-1542
10Newcastle UnitedNewcastle33118143542-741
11Bournemouth35911154158-1738
12Watford35108174260-1838
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton34812143247-1536
14Crystal Palace35811163654-1835
15West Ham UnitedWest Ham34811154263-2135
16Huddersfield TownHuddersfield3498172754-2735
17Swansea CitySwansea3489172751-2433
18Southampton34514153353-2029
19Stoke CityStoke35611183265-3329
20West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom35413182954-2525
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