14 Enero, 2018
Fifteen points still separate United and City, however, and the Citizens will have the chance to further stretch that advantage when they travel to Liverpool on Sunday afternoon. They also came out victorious in the FA Cup tie against minnows Derby County.
Mourinho said: "My approach to players is that every player has a price".
Meanwhile, Manchester United decided to travel to Dubai for warm weather training, but Ibrahimovic, on his part, didn't travel with the squad. They easily lose possession in dangerous areas and do not offer too much offensively.
Their rapid rise in Guardiola's second season has heaped pressure on Mourinho as United have failed to match that progress. The only two sides to get nothing from Stoke in those 12 matches are the sides currently sitting in table behind the Potters.
"If it happens, it happens; if it doesn't happen, it doesn't".
'Always looking to improve the team and we have had some good acquisitions over the years.
The latest reports indicate that Manchester City is cooling a bit in their interest for Sanchez, as they don't want to pay £20 million for a player that would be available on a free in the summer.
The 29-year-old's future has been the subject of intense speculation as a result of his failure to nail down a place in Jose Mourinho's plans at Old Trafford. They have conceded 47 goals in 22 matches, allowing a goal every 42 minutes across the whole season!
Republic of Ireland boss Martin O'Neill has been linked with the vacant position, and it is thought that a new head coach will soon be appointed. "He consulted our doctors and made the decision to stop".
With issues as the back for both teams, it's safe to expect goals in this one.
Stoke City have gathered only four points from their last seven league outings. The Armenian has fallen out of favour at Old Trafford and would be allowed to leave if a respectable offer comes United's way. The converted winger is serving the final game of his three-match suspension for elbowing Southampton's Dusan Tadic. "So if we do something now, it has to be something we really believe is the right thing to do for the team".
If United do land the signing of Alexis Sanchez, it is unknown if he would be a replacement for the missed signing of Perisic from last summer, or whether he then makes next summer's transfer activity that little bit easier.
The Arsenal forward finds himself at a transfer tug-of-war between two fierce rivals, with a shock scramble for his signature having been sparked.