United thriving as underdogs ahead of derby clash: Herrera

Lynette Rowe
November 9, 2018

"You can't even talk about luck, because you have to find your own luck and in this case we just gifted it to them". For the second time in four days, Mourinho was pressed on the allegations, made in Der Spiegel magazine this week, that City violated Financial Fair Play rules to gain an unfair advantage over their rivals.

"It's hard for me to answer because I focus on my job", he said.

Mourinho's team are enjoying a fine week, having won at Bournemouth and Juventus, while last month they drew at Chelsea after leading until the closing moments. 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.

"I think that we believe more that we are a good team, we have also improved and mentally we are stronger", Matic added.

"But we played two hard matches away against two very good teams, Chelsea and Juventus, and we managed to get good results".

Aymeric Laporte has admitted revenge is motivating Manchester City ahead of their first derby against Manchester United since April's dramatic defeat.

And Matic, at the moment, is not looking sharp enough on the ball for that kind of test. Fred was brought in to exhibit his close control and skill in tight areas in games like these.

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The player has himself revealed in an interview with the FourFourTwo magazine that he had an offer from City, but nothing came of it and he wound up in the red side of Manchester.

"I didn't celebrate when we went 2-1 up, it felt too odd". The match is hard enough by being an isolated event.

"I want to play it as an isolated match".

"The top teams like United, Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool - these kind of teams you can not imagine and think that for 90 minutes we are going to do fantastic and they won't have chances".

Guardiola is wary of a dogged United, though, after Mourinho's side came back from a goal down to beat Juventus in Turin.

The United manager said City were "untouchable" in reference to their organisational capabilities and expertise in the transfer market, but would not be drawn on whether he thought they had fiddled the books.

Ronaldo scored his first Champions League goal for the Serie A giants with a tremendous volley in Turin, but they were beaten despite a dominant performance. "Which, I have to say against Juventus, it happened".

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