Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

Paulo Dybala insists he didn't insult Jose Mourinho

Paulo Dybala insists he didn't insult Jose Mourinho

"But, in this moment, I have only to think about football, and to think about football is just to think about Manchester City as a football team".

United's ability to snatch late goals under former manager Alex Ferguson was one their most potent weapons, an ability they have not managed to display with any sort of regularity since the Scot retired.

And Mourinho said United are not focusing on the yawning gap between the two clubs in the build-up to Sunday's game.

Defending champions City are two points clear at the top of the league and nine ahead of seventh-placed United, who won last season's corresponding fixture 3-2. We have lost two finals in the past four years and last year we played a great game against Real and were unlucky to lose.

"No doubt about that - they've improved", Guardiola said.

"All the derbies are special, I think in Spain there's more noise [in the media] than here, before the game especially, but it's always special for everybody".

Juve are certainly entitled to aim high this season with Ronaldo and Dybala forming an excellent understanding in attack, with their duo having already racked up 14 goals between them in all competitions.

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"They are a big club, with big mentality, they showed it against Newcastle". I usually always fancy them so much to win at home, but with United being so resilient I am going to go for a draw.

Earlier on Friday Mourinho vowed to go toe-to-toe in Sunday's derby with a Manchester City side that he claims are "untouchable" in terms of the quality of their football and the squad they have built. In November, there are five or six strong teams.

United were the last team to win a Premier League game at the Etihad Stadium and, despite a mixed start to the season, will head there full of confidence after fighting back against Bournemouth and Juventus to win both games 2-1. "Three points, three points, three points, so we're champions, the target, we did it".

Asked if he felt United were operating on a fair playing field ahead of the derby, Mourinho said: "It's hard for me to answer because I focus on my job, I focus on the four lines".

"He is nowhere near the player we used to know".

"I am not living outside so I know it's important".

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