Published: Sat, April 07, 2018
Sport | By Ashley Hunter

Say what? - Pogba reacts to being 'offered' to Man City by Raiola

Say what? - Pogba reacts to being 'offered' to Man City by Raiola

"We are going to have a training session and I will speak with the doctors, the physios and the players and we are going to see tomorrow morning what is the best team". Mourinho, though, would not be drawn on whether he felt United had got one over on City.

Upon being asked for his opinion on Pogba, with whom he will come face-to-face during the Manchester derby on Saturday evening, Guardiola was full of praise for the French midfielder but admitted that the funds simply weren't available to bring Pogba in. Mourinho's approach to big matches, especially on the road, has been criticised this season, even if Liverpool's free-flowing display on Wednesday went some way to justifying his widely-derided reserved approach at Anfield earlier in the season. But only one historical derby game in my memory could offer equal ignominy to what could happen today. It is a different competition.

Pep Guardiola's men will become the first team in the league's 26-year history to wrap up the title with six games to spare if they beat United at the Etihad - a fitting end to a season of nearly total dominance in the league.

Guardiola insists his players will be fully focused on the United encounter.

United are having a decent season as they sit in second spot in the league but they are still sixteen points City going into this game which shows how good their noisy neighbours have been.

"I know what it would mean (to win the league by beating United)", Guardiola has said.

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City were ripped apart by Liverpool at Anfield Credit Reuters

"The result will help emotionally to prepare for the game on Tuesday".

"We have 90 minutes. the door nearly closed but a little bit open and maybe some space to get in".

East Stand levels 3 and 1 will have "WE ARE" and "CITY" respectively, while other parts of the stadium will have white and blue flags to add overall colour. United - like the rest of English soccer - has been outclassed by City, which is playing football at a different level this season.

Guardiola understandably took umbrage after being described as "a dog" by Raiola last week, with the pair's feud dating back several years.

"But being a guy who two months ago offered me Mkhitaryan and Pogba to play with us. Why?"

City are 16 points clear of Jose Mourinho's second-placed team so it is a matter of when rather than if they wrap up the Premier League title, the first of Guardiola's reign in England.

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