Manchester City vs Manchester United : 5 things to look forward to

Jose Mourinho

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho on potentially delaying Manchester City's title celebrations: "My motivation is to finish second".

Gabriel Jesus has started up front in Aguero's absence and admitted he produced one of his worst performances in City's 3-0 Champions League defeat at Liverpool, but Guardiola is backing the Brazilian to respond. "We have training on Friday afternoon and will see how his physical condition is".

The league title being out of the picture, conceding "a double" against the city rivals will make things worse for the Portuguese boss, and he knows it himself. "He is 21 years old". With another victory over United, and with only six matches to go, it will be an unassailable nineteen points.

Pep Guardiola's side could keep consecutive Premier League clean sheets at home for the first time since September (in 5-0 wins against both Liverpool and Crystal Palace). He's the boss, you can be good with each other but there's still a distance between a coach and a player. And I offer players not to him but to Man City, which is a fantastic club with a fantastic manager. With 84 points so far, City will be eyeing numerous records at the end of the season, including total points, total goals scored, etc.

It is, though, a chance for United and Mourinho to strike a psychological blow for next season, even if he succeeds only in delaying City's coronation.

He said: "Pogba is an exceptional player".

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"I said no. We don't have enough money to buy Pogba because he is so expensive", added the Spaniard. I'm sure United will look to slow the game down and frustrate us as much as they can.

"It was a tough result and makes it hard for us next Tuesday", he said.

Asked if one of them was Raiola, Guardiola initially refused to answer, but then said: "Finally, the people discover my secrets, I am a bad guy". We were good friends and we showed that last season, that we could perfectly show the football world that our relationship is positive.

So while Mourinho's argument is backed up by facts, the reality is his side are a massive 16 points behind City, as he admits they have been chasing the minor prizes for some time.

Mourinho was uncharacteristically taciturn ahead of the game, refusing to discuss a number of topics, although he did confess that he will not try and talk down City's obvious superiority in the league table. They will have lost a lot of confidence from that Liverpool loss - no shot on target in 90 minutes, the way they've been playing. The door is nearly closed but it is still a little bit open.

"I am so, so happy with what we have done this year", he said.

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