Guardiola makes surprising comments ahead of Manchester derby

Grant SmithNov 10, 2018

Pep Guardiola's Premier League leaders lie in wait at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday as United look to emerge from a daunting double-header with another memorable away win.

Mourinho and Guardiola have clashed a number of times over the years, dating back to their El Classico days when they were in charge at Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively. It was never easy for Man City to beat United in the whole history Man United win more times than City.

Cristiano Ronaldo's stunning volley was rendered meaningless on Wednesday as Mourinho oversaw a late 2-1 Champions League comeback win at Juventus - a side bracketed with City as among the continent's best. If you want to put that match into the context of where we are, where we can be, then it becomes even more hard.

However, Juan Mata's free-kick levelled the score, and Alex Sandro's own goal in the 89th minute secured all three points for the Red Devils and boosted their hopes of reaching the last 16 of the Champions League.

"It's true they are the favourites because they are in unbelievable form but this is Manchester United and you never know what can happen".

"We have to control the ball more and be clinical, that's the game we'll try to do".

Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku has returned to training ahead of Sunday's Manchester derby after missing his team's last two games with a muscle injury, manager Jose Mourinho said on Friday. "He is training with the team this morning".

"The first 75 minutes in the last game, I'd like to play the same, top for 75 minutes, but United showed us last season they need 10, 15, 20 minutes to create a lot of chances", Guardiola said.

"It's a fantastic victory for us, a victory that is not just about the points we lost at home but the feeling of how well we played", said Mourinho. "I expect a hard game but, in a derby, everything is possible, and we will be ready for that".

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