Mourinho claims motivation for derby is to finish second

Early team news for Manchester derby
United facing painful scenario at champion-in-waiting City
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08 Abril, 2018

By scoring two goals in the space of two minutes, Pogba sparked United's revival from 2-0 down in an extraordinary 3-2 victory over City at Etihad Stadium.

"In practical terms and for next season to finish second, third or fourth is exactly the same, you don't win the title but qualify for the Champions League group stage. My objective for tomorrow is try to have points to finish second".

He added: "I didn't want to lose against City last year".

Either way, it's a must-watch because it's the Manchester Derby and City can win the title. "To lose against City and to see them celebrate, I couldn't let that happen". This game can't come quickly enough.

City have to overturn a 3-0 first leg deficit when they host Liverpool on Tuesday in the second leg of their quarter-final.

Guardiola said: "Two months ago he offered me Mkhitaryan and Pogba to play with us".

"Cash aside, it's also about attracting the right players", Ince wrote. Time and time again football throws up incredible narratives and coincidence.

City have splashed out nearly £450million bankrolling Guardiola since he took over in July 2016, on top of a vast outlay in the seven previous years, and the Catalan says he could not have done this without him.

The last thing fans of the club will want to hear is that their team must play like their fiercest of rivals but perhaps there's some truth to it. It's a coincidence because it's the derby but it doesn't matter. 18 games (winning) in a row?

The news was seen as somewhat of a surprise to Pogba who tweeted his response, 'say what?' on social media. There are wolves at the door, and Mourinho and the fans know that.

While it is almost certain that City will win the league title this season, it would most surely give them great pleasure to complete the proceedings against their biggest rivals. "Sometimes you are losing, and the instinct is to change immediately because you don't like anything".

"But they have pride, a good manager and maybe in half-time he said 'oh guys, we've got to do something more'".

City were cruising towards the win they needed to seal the silverware thanks to first half goals from Vincent Kompany and Ilkay Gundogan at Eastlands.

United and City were neck-and-neck for the first few weeks of the season, and could only be separated by goal difference.


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