Manchester United: Jose Mourinho says his side need to grow up

Manchester United: Jose Mourinho says his side need to grow up

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

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It was only a month ago that reports claimed Mourinho was facing the sack ahead of a home game with Newcastle.

• 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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