Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho not motivated by denying Manchester City title

Vincent Kompany is refusing to give up on Manchester City's Uefa Champions League chances. Carl Recine  Reuters

City have enjoyed some memorable wins at Old Trafford of late, but they have not beaten United at home since November 2014. Michael Cox looks at the tactics and Alan Thompson assesses the betting.

City are chasing a fifth top-flight title, and their third in seven seasons.

"This Premier League season has been an unbelievable adventure and it's been much better than we could have imagined". The likes of John Stones and Danilo could start in defense, Ilkay Gundogan in midfield.

That means they will want to put things right this weekend as their players will want to show that they are better than what they showed against Jurgen Klopp's men. Let us know in the comments section below. John Stones and Fabian Delph were unused substitutes at Anfield and could be involved on Saturday after recent injuries, but Benjamin Mendy is expected to remain sidelined. United coach Jose Mourinho knows he also needs to give fans still seething from the Sevilla defeat last month something to cheer them up.

Mourinho to spoil the party? Daley Blind has also recovered, but Sergio Romero is a few weeks away.

As ever, the question mark is about precisely what formation Mourinho will use, and where Paul Pogba will be used.

But it was his comments about Pogba that alerted stunned journalists, who pressed him about the French midfielder.

Belgian midfielder De Bruyne has been their driving force, while David Silva, Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero have all played key roles.

You have to go back 49 encounters to 1978 to find the previous eight United defeats against City. I always had a positive relationship with him and finally as a pundit, I always felt he was an honest man.

In truth, it's hard to forecast the outcome of this match without being sure of City's starting XI, and the odds are likely to change significantly after the teamsheets are unveiled.

It is the holy grail of the Champions League that was in the sights of Sheikh Mansour and company when they brought in Guardiola and the dream of conquering Europe, for this season anyway, hangs by the slenderest of threads.

The Manchester City manager sarcastically added that he was shocked Raiola, given the bitter feud between the pair, wanted to move two of his star clients to play for a "dog".

What has worked well for United is their pace in wide areas and they must utilise that to take advantage of City's high defensive line particularly when their full-backs are pushed up - not unlike their use of Marcus Rashford against Liverpool.

Will United delay the party? "Of course it is hard but we believe". Following a successful league form, the visitors will be looking forward to registering a famous win over the deflated City side.

With 68 points from 31 games so far, Manchester United is now holding the second spot in the league table.

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.

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