Manchester United sweating on fitness of Paul Pogba ahead of the derby

2:31                                            The Debate United’s late win at Juventus 'a huge boost' ahead of the derby

However, Pogba was conspicuous by his absence from United's training session on Friday - an unneeded injury scare ahead of Sunday's derby at the Etihad Stadium, where he netted a brace in April's 3-2 victory. "Thank you", Guardiola said when asked if he was pleased the pre-match focus was not placed on the perceived battle between himself and Mourinho.

Allegations of financial impropriety off the field couldn't derail Manchester City moving to the brink of the Champions League last 16 as Gabriel Jesus scored a hat-trick in a 6-0 thrashing of Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday.

United completed a dramatic comeback to stun Juventus in the Champions League but Mourinho upset Juve supporters after the memorable 2-1 victory. Of course for the fans it means a little bit more because it is a derby and because we are playing against a contender.

However, they face a City side that have once again raced to the top of the Premier League table and have scored six times in both of their last two matches.

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"It's ugly, sometimes we also take insults from the crowd, but there was no need, but I did not insult him, nothing that has been spread around". "I don't think it's easy for him".


"We have to stop them in their attacks, there is a way to do it and the manager knows that".

"I think the coach definitely finds it hard to put all of us in, because we're playing really well and there's a really good level in attack".

"They are a very good team with very good players, so you have to be on your toes all the time and can't relax for a second".

Former Manchester United star Ronaldo was seemingly not particularly impressed with the Red Devils' approach to the game and claimed that Juventus were clearly the better side on the night.

"We are not a team that gives up", Mourinho said.

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