Watch Jose Mourinho's pre match press conference ahead of the Manchester Derby
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 07, 2018,
Apr 07, 2018, 22:34
In a pulsating 176th Manchester derby, City looked to have won the game and the title by racing into a 2-0 half-time lead following goals from Vincent Kompany and Ilkay Gundogan.
As far as City are concerned, Sergio Aguero is a major concern because of a knee injury, whereas Benjamin Mendy is still sidelined because of the ACL injury he suffered at the beginning of the season.
"It is not for me to say how good City have been this season; the league table tells you all you need to know", Mourinho said. "We have training on Friday afternoon and will see how his physical condition is".
For City, which had previously lost only once in the league this season at Liverpool, it was a first home defeat since December 2016.
Spaniard Guardiola refused to say whether he was interested in Pogba but said the 25-year-old France worldwide "is an exceptional player, a top, top player". You always suffer the first time.
The only entertaining aspect of Manchester United these days is the hilarious press conferences held by Mourinho, which is an art he has clearly excelled in; but that matters little if you can't produce the goods on the field.
"So if I'm a bad guy, and he (Raiola) has to protect his players, then he has to know he can not bring the players (to) a guy like me, who is a dog". "He did what we spoke about [beforehand] and fought a lot".
"It's another game", said the Spaniard.
Smalling often frustrates Manchester United fans, as he is error-prone and lacks the quality to be considered an elite defender.
"We will try to pick ourselves up for Liverpool, we are professionals". It's nearly done. It's a bit like Liverpool - it's nearly done. "Whatever happens in the Champions League is a bonus, I just hope he stays with us for a very long time!" "Today is about focusing on what we have to do".
But the Old Trafford boss reminded them that he clinched his second title at Chelsea by beating United in 2006, and it did not spell disaster for the club. "We are not going to go there and offer them the game - our aim will be to compete".
"But this could have serious repercussions for the Liverpool game on Tuesday".
"We beat United 3-0 and we won the title, at Stamford Bridge, in 2005-06".
Guardiola said: "Two months ago he offered me Mkhitaryan and Pogba to play with us".
"They are already nearly qualified for the semi-finals but we have 90 minutes". You could nearly hear the champagne bottles being cracked open around the ground. "After that we are still in the business and we are going to play a thousand times more".