Why Manchester United fans have cause for optimism vs Manchester City

11 November, 2018, 17:30 | Author: Greg Lawrence
  • Mourinho cupping his ear on Wednesday night

Jose Mourinho's Manchester United side rocked up at the Lowry Hotel on Saturday evening ahead of their crunch clash with neighbours City.

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho insists his team is still being built.

Pep Guardiola's Manchester City must therefore overturn a unusual series of home results when they host Jose Mourinho's Manchester United this afternoon.

"They're the games that I love to be involved in".

What has been key to United's resurgence has been their ability to turn games around, with United coming from behind to grab points against Newcastle, Chelsea, Bournemouth and Juventus in recent weeks.

Honing in on the acquisitions of Kyle Walker, Aymeric Laporte, Danilo and Benjamin Mendy, he couldn't resist having a dig at City's tendency to buy solutions rather than find them through clever management.

United will be hoping for a repeat of last season's remarkable performance at the Etihad, which saw the visitors destroy City's dreams of winning the Premier League titles against their rivals.

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United manager Mourinho declined to answer in depth when asked if he thought about the allegations against City.

City's attack on Sunday is likely to be spearheaded by Sergio Aguero - a player Mourinho admires but still appears to harbour a grudge against for his role in getting Marouane Fellaini sent off in this fixture two seasons ago.

"Since the days of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic, United have struggled to get a settled two and I'm sure as soon as Mourinho has the opportunity he will change the two he has now for different ones", said Dunne, speaking exclusively to 888sport. "I don't think it's easy for him". I like to read good articles and a passionate football fan.

Mourinho has praised United's ability to fight back from losing positions, but suggested he would like to see them score the first goal more often.

The Manchester derby is once again upon us and, as always, this game is expected to light up the Premier League.

"If I need a full-back and I buy four, it is easier", Mourinho said.

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