Yet even after seeing his side progress, Mourinho reacted to comments made by Guardiola regarding the current fitness of Manchester City’s David Silva.
Pogba fanned the derby flames in a weekend interview in which he quipped that he hoped City suffer injuries this season only to then rule himself out of Sunday’s game by being sent off for a stamp on Hector Bellerin in United’s 3-1 win at Arsenal on Saturday.
“I don’t care. He can say whatever he wants”.
Mourinho confirmed that Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who has not been involved in United’s last two matchday squads as he continues his recovery from a long-term cruciate knee ligament injury, has a “big chance” of featuring against City.
“I don’t believe in that s***”, he told reporters. To be more specific, they’ve flown to Kharkiv, which is where Shakhtar actually play their games nowadays due to unfortunate circumstances.
“We need to (attack City from the start)”.
City will make the short journey to OldTrafford on Sunday to face their arch-rivals, who are now one place behind and eight points behind them in the league.
City have won 14 of 15 Premier League this season, drawing the other, and all five Champions League group games.
Mourinho joked Arsenal’s medical team had performed an “amazing” feat by turning Lacazette “from a no to a complete 90 minutes”.
“Teams come to the Etihad now and defend so deep to try to frustrate, but I wish them all the best and hope they can win a lot of trophies at the end of the season”.
“They are doing great and have a great team”.
“They keep winning and they didn’t lose one game and obviously mentally they are very strong”.
Meanwhile, the FA will take no further action against Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola following his heated discussion with Southampton’s Nathan Redmond, Sky Sports News understands. I know him a little bit.
“It looks very bad but the intention wasn’t like that”.
“Without doubt it’s a red card”.