José Mourinho urges Manchester United to go toe-to-toe with City in derby

José Mourinho urges Manchester United to go toe-to-toe with City in derby

How Jose Mourinhos anger at Man City documentary could reignite feud with Pep Guardiola

Read more United are nine points behind the Premier League leaders after 11 matches as they travel to the Etihad Stadium. Mourinhos 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.

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.

Mourinho bringing up Citys investment could be construed as a message to his own vice-chairman Ed Woodward and the United hierachy, with the 55-year-old having previously shown his unhappiness at the clubs lack of spending when compared to their local rivals.

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.

“Its difficult for me to answer because I focus on my job,” he told a press conference. “I focus on the four lines, focus on football, so if you want to speak about their football potential we can speak, and football potential starts with investment.

Mourinho refused to be drawn on the alleged breaches of FFP rules by City but did praise their football operation.

He added: “We are going to try. I cannot say we are going to be successful in our motivations, in our desire, but we played two difficult matches away against two very good teams – Chelsea and Juventus – and we managed to get good results.

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.

City, meanwhile, have scored 12 goals in their last two games, though a series of allegations regarding the clubs finances have dominated the build-up to the weekends blockbuster derby clash.

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.

The rivals have cooled their war of words since joining Manchester United and Manchester City, but the All or Nothing documentary fallout could change that.

“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.

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