Published: Sat, April 07, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

United's Mourinho reveals his motivation ahead of Manchester derby

United's Mourinho reveals his motivation ahead of Manchester derby

It is a question of rotating his squad to ensure City has the best chance in Tuesday's second leg against Liverpool, but the defeat at Anfield will have given the Catalan not so much food for thought as a full-blown banquet.

For Sanchez, United's high-profile forward, the indignity of seeing a team he could have joined in January winning the league in front of his own eyes. City had become champions of England for the third time - the same as Huddersfield Town and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Sergio Aguero could return but may not start with the Liverpool game in mind next week, and John Stones, Fabian Delph and Bernardo Silva could all feature since none of them played any part in midweek. There has not been one since. "But in my case, I always try to play every match with the same mentality and responsibility and not try to make a derby an El Clásico or whatever we used to call it in Portugal and Spain - a special match".

City now sit top of the league with 84 points from 31 games, and one more win will see them make history by clinching the title at the earliest stage of the season in Premier League history.

Mourinho said he is "not a pundit" when asked if Liverpool's 3-0 win over City in their Champions League quarter-final first leg on Wednesday would have an impact on his side's approach to the game. United coach Jose Mourinho knows he also needs to give fans still seething from the Sevilla defeat last month something to cheer them up.

On the other hand, City have only lost one game in the league all season against Liverpool in January and after they defeated Everton 3-1 at Goodison Park last weekend, they now have the opportunity to wrap up the title with a win this weekend. United's recent derby record is awful, losing eight of the last 13 league games.

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Yet making City wait for their place among the immortals would be some consolation for United, whose midfielder Juan Mata is well aware how important it is to show some pride. Several of his players have a point to prove, reputations to recover after too many poor showings.

"Pogba is an exceptional player". In my feeling, this year there's not been a lot of games where I've been a little bit down.

What TV channel is the Manchester derby on? It is early days for the Chilean at his new club and he is working hard in training. Manchester United came through with a 2-0 victory over the Swans at Old Trafford in their previous league fixture.

City take on arch-rivals United at 5.30pm tomorrow in the Manchester derby.

United said they would not have sold Pogba to their nearest rivals. United - like the rest of English soccer - has been outclassed by City, which is playing football at a different level this season.

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