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

Anthony Martial impressed against Juventus

Anthony Martial impressed against Juventus

Dybala had drawn a blank against United before Mourinho took centre stage, having previously netted the victor against the Red Devils in an initial European clash between two heavyweight outfits at Old Trafford.

Mourinho was widely assumed to have been annoyed by Barca's decision to appoint Guardiola over himself in 2008 and the pair had a number of fractious encounters during their time together in LaLiga.

United were the last team to win a Premier League game at the Etihad Stadium and, despite a mixed start to the season, will head there full of confidence after fighting back against Bournemouth and Juventus to win both games 2-1.

Jose Mourinho is sweating on the fitness of Paul Pogba ahead of the Manchester derby after the Frenchman was forced to miss training on Friday, sources have told ESPN FC.

"We are not a team that gives up", Mourinho said. A few weeks ago at Stamford Bridge [against Chelsea], one of the toughest places, they nearly won.

"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".

"But now we have got some good results in the last few games and we just have to keep working hard every day and go game by game". I think that is untouchable but what is behind [the scenes] I can not say.

Against an unbeaten Old Lady side who had only dropped points to Genoa at home this season, United hassled, harried, and looked as if they had a coherent game plan.

"We have to play good, only one challenge in football is to play good, and have more chance to win".

"They have incredible talent up front and in the middle as well". I can not say we are going to be successful in our motivations, in our desire, but we played two different matches away against two very good teams - Chelsea and Juventus - and we managed to get good results.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola on United: "No doubt they've improved".

"Bring our game and control as much as possible, be clinical - that's the game we will try to do".

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