"WE ARE CITY" - The spectacular mosaic prepared for Manchester derby

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Mourinho, though, pointed to his Chelsea team's 3-0 win over the Red Devils in 2006, which saw them clinch a second top-flight triumph in a row, as proof United would recover from any disappointment this weekend.

There is no suggestion that United had given their approval for Pogba to be offered to City and Guardiola's ire appeared to be aimed exclusively at Raiola-the two men have feuded since the Catalan coach was managing Barcelona.

"It is not for me to say how good City have been this season; the league table tells you all you need to know", Mourinho said.

The equation for City is simple: win and we will be crowned Premier League champions.

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By then, City had already turned the title race into a lengthy coronation and it would be fitting if they complete their journey with one more record-breaking victory, even though their probable Champions League exit threatens to cast a shadow over the celebrations.

"City are going to be champions because they deserve to be champions", he said. For as long as Guardiola remains in the Premier League, Mourinho may have to get used to being a specialist in failure. Pep Guardiola does not exactly relish the opportunity to wax lyrical in public either and City's manager does not have the excuse of having to put a fearless face on finishing second, though Mourinho, like Jürgen Klopp at Liverpool, is still waiting and hoping for a level scrap in the league.

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He said the community is very tightly knit and that the team has always been a large part of the community. Fourteen others who survived the crash were airlifted to nearby hospitals with a range of injuries.

Having endured a disappointing first season with City, Guardiola has silenced the critics who claimed his purist principles would not work in the cut-throat Premier League, meshing his desire for a smooth passing style with an ability to compete physically.

"It is always a fair reflection", he said.

And for a coach as proud as Mourinho, he would relish briefly putting the brakes on City, especially with Guardiola in the opposition dugout. I was in Barcelona four years and handled when you win, you win, you win - it's so much more demanding.

In terms of their development, City are ahead of United at the moment, primarily due to the fact that they had a more settled team before Pep Guardiola took over.

'In the end, what matters is what happens in the reality of the points. Despite the team not playing well during different parts of the season, and their football not being the best, there is no doubt that there has been an improvement from the times of David Moyes and Louis van Gaal, and that Mourinho has the team moving in the right direction.

The 176th Manchester Derby is nearly here and for us Blues, it's 'the stuff dreams are made of'.