Manchester City vs Manchester United: Potential XI with Fred

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Laporte was on the bench at the Etihad that day, but he insists his side are ready to strike back.

United have come from behind to win their last two matches against Bournemouth and Juventus and while Mourinho is pleased to see his team showing fighting qualities, he has encouraged them to take a lead in games rather than respond to adversity. We carried on, we pushed and we know that we can be unsafe on free-kicks because they defend very well (in open play).

"It's a very important match for two reasons. because it's the Manchester derby and also because if we win we will put distance between ourselves and them in the table".

The Blues are yet to beat the Reds on home soil under Pep Guardiola's leadership and with both sides heading into the clash in strong form, this weekend's game is eagerly-awaited.

United, who are unbeaten in their last three, will head into Sunday's game full of confidence after Wednesday's dramatic 2-1 late win at Juventus in the Champions League.

"If you want to speak about their football potential we can speak and about where football potential starts, and that starts with investment", Mourinho said.

Jose Mourinho has said Manchester City are "untouchable" on the eve of the derby but avoided questions about allegations the Premier League champions have circumvented financial fair play (FFP) rules.

But Mourinho's men had other ideas, drawing level through Juan Mata before Alex Sandro's last-minute own goal gave them a priceless win.

"If you are telling me that statistic, it is a good statistic that we haven't finished below United since he [Ferguson] left, so maybe that is good evidence", Silva said.

"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".

"We have to just think about the match, it is hard enough by an isolated event". "I don't think it's the way to look at the match".

"A team has good and bad moments and this moment they have confidence. We didn't have him in the first leg, Juventus introduced Barzagli to control us, but we immediately went direct and got the goals", Mourinho explained.

'Against Juventus it happened, we concede the goal min 60 or something like that and we had a good start.

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