Manchester United players working hard ahead of Manchester derby clash

Manchester United players working hard ahead of Manchester derby clash

Manchester United's Ander Herrera reacts during the Premier League match against Bournemouth in Bournemouth November 3, 2018.

Jose Mourinho's United will make the short trip to face the Premier League leaders Manchester City as they look to build on a 2-1 comeback victory over the Italian champions Juventus in the Champions League on Wednesday.

City, who were given a £49 million fine after they were found to have breached the rules in 2014, have responded by saying that they will not comment on the specific allegations.

"It's hard for me to answer because I focus on my job, I focus on the four lines and I focus on football", Mourinho told reporters.

"I focus on football".

"So if you want to speak about their football potential we can speak, and football potential starts with investment".

David Silva is usually the man but this time I think it's time for Raheem Sterling to step up in a huge game.

"Ever since I came, he's been very important to me", the defender said.

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But now in their third seasons in charge, Guardiola and Mourinho's reigns have instead seen a chasm open up with the blue half of Manchester now the dominant side of the city. UEFA this week has not said how aware it was of City's schemes, reported by German magazine Der Spiegel, to hide expenses and evade monitoring of spending on players.

They claim that the criticism they have faced is an "organised and clear" attempt to damage their reputation. Two weeks later they conceded the first goal against Chelsea but fought back to draw 2-2.

"If there's something wrong we'll be punished", Guardiola said at a news conference ahead of Sunday's derby against Manchester United.

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

Pogba and Mendy have known each other since they were together as youngsters at Le Havre's youth academy and have maintained that friendship in Manchester.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola on United: "No doubt they've improved". "I don't think it is the way to look at the match".

"You know, I think we have to just think about the match. It's true that at times you feel insulted, and that's wrong, but even then you shouldn't create even more tension". Yet they have also fallen into the habit of going behind in matches.

However, Mourinho knows they can not afford the sloppy starts that have been all to frequent recently.

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