• Midfielder a doubt to face Manchester City on Sunday• Mourinho describes Citys football operation as untouchable
The midfielder has impressed for José Mourinhos side in recent matches, the World Cup winner a key factor in Uniteds uplift in form.
“I was insulted for 90 minutes,” Mourinho said. “I do my work and nothing more. At the end I didn’t insult anyone, I just did the gesture that I wanted to hear them more. I wouldn’t do it again.
United and Pogba have won their last three matches, including Wednesday nights impressive 2-1 victory at Juventus but the Frenchman was unable to take part in full training on Friday. Instead Pogba undertook an indoors session at Uniteds training complex due to what is understood to be a small injury.
Man United were outplayed by Juventus at Old Trafford a fortnight ago – but the Red Devils recovered from a goal down to win 2-1 at the Juventus Stadium on Wednesday night.
Mourinhos squad have a final session on Saturday before the trip to City so the manager will hope Pogba can take part before any decision about his availability for the match is taken.
The United manager, meanwhile, wants his side to take the fight to the Premier League leaders in the derby.
The goal record is astounding, both by Serie A standard and considering that Icardi is playing for a club who fought gamely merely to finish in the top four last season. Since August 2017, Icardi has played 46 Serie A and Champions League matches and scored 38 goals. Watch him make a succession of runs without being found, challenge for aerial duels and keep two central defenders busy and you quickly become convinced that Icardi is the perfect central striker. He also has enough passion for Inter’s entire squad to share between them.
Read more United are nine points behind City after 11 matches as they travel to the Etihad but they are enjoying a fine week, having won at Bournemouth and Juventus, while last month they drew at Chelsea after leading until the closing moments.
Manchester City’s punishing form If shock home defeat to Lyon instantly killed Manchester City’s complacency, that was bad news for every team who would have the subsequent misfortune to cross their path. If the 0-0 draw at Anfield was a result of Pep Guardiola’s fear of being counter-attacked to death and Riyad Mahrez’s late missed penalty, it was the only fly in the luxurious ointment. Since Lyon, City have scored 33 goals in 11 matches and conceded only twice.
Mourinho, asked whether the wish was to go toe-to-toe with Pep Guardiolas team, said: We are going to try. I cannot say we are going to be successful in our motivations, in our desire, but we played two different matches away against two very good teams – Chelsea and Juventus – and we managed to get good results.
It says something about his typical excellence that Kane has now scored ten times in 14 matches this season and yet the focus is on where his form is lacking. He is now the eighth top English goalscorer in Champions League history, and he has played only 14 matches in the competition. Anyone who scores at almost a goal a game at this level deserves only respect. If Kane can somehow manufacture Tottenham’s path past Inter in the final two gameweeks, he might as well be knighted.
Read more And even if the good results were not in our pockets the performances were there, the positive attitude was there so we are going to try but Manchester City are a very powerful team.
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Mourinho refused to be drawn on the alleged breaches of FFP rules by City but did praise their football operation.
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It is difficult for me to answer because I focus on my job, I focus on the four lines [pitch], focus on football. If you want to speak about their football potential we can speak and football potential starts with investment, and after that of course there is a quality of the work, of the organisation – I think that is untouchable.
But what is behind I cannot say but in this moment I have only to think about football, and to think about football is to think about Manchester City as a football team there.
Romelu Lukaku could be available again following a hamstring injury. Mourinho said: Lukaku is training with the team this [Friday] morning. If his response is positive – and we have of course one more session tomorrow – he is ready.
Alexis Sánchez and Romelu Lukaku look set to be available. They both trained today after overcoming their respective thigh and hamstring injuries.
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