Manchester United Will Miss Paul Pogba In Derby, Says Fernandinho

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"It will be a tough game for both teams".

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho (left) and Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola on the touchline during the EFL Cup, round of 16 match at Old Trafford, Manchester.

But City midfielder Fernandinho still believes United will prove formidable opposition for Pep Guardiola's side, who are bidding to extend an eight-point lead at the top of the table. If Shaw does manage to keep up the form he showed in the 2-1 win in the upcoming games, Jose will have an interesting headache in his hands.

The arrival in Manchester of the two pre-eminent managers of the age stoked the embers of a bitter personal rivalry that had crackled with blistering intensity during the two years they spent in opposing camps in Spain.

Since Mourinho followed him to Manchester in the summer of 2016, the speculation surrounding the future of the Spaniard has always suggested he will be once again sold by the Portuguese.

Kanchelskis - who played for both clubs during his playing career - feels Jose Mourinho's side simply can not afford to lose further ground in their bid to be crowned champions for the first time since 2013.

City are looking to make it a Premier League record of 14 consecutive wins but they go into the game on the back of their first defeat of the season against Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Seven months on City look nearly transcendent, their sublime and devastatingly effective possession football reminiscent of Guardiola's great Barcelona team.

"But if they lose on Sunday it is finished".

Recent results, however, give United reason for optimism. The Frenchman picked up a 3 match suspension against Arsenal last week.

They score for fun and have trampled on all-comers so far but I still have doubts in my mind about how this team defends and I think this Manchester United team has the firepower to trouble them. Questions persist about whether he really controls the midfield as a player of his stature and ability should but Pogba is a master at leading a break and linking the back of the team to the front.

"United will be confident going into the game because of what has happened this weekend for City, even though it has been a good week for City too, as they've scored three late winners and have taken maximum points".

"You want the truth", Mourinho said.

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