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Manchester City vs. Manchester United, 2017 Manchester Derby: Managers Press Conferences

Pep and José spoke to the media ahead of Thursday's match

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Manchester City and Manchester United are set to play a huge Manchester Derby on Thursday that will tell us where each team is likely to finish in the race for a Champions League place next season. The two managers, Pep Guardiola and José Mourinho, spoke to the media ahead of the game.

Here's a rundown of their pre-match quotes:


David Silva real, real doubt - I don’t know if he will be ready to play after what happened in the first minutes in the semi-final. Gabriel [Jesus] has no pain at all so is ready but [after] three months out his physical condition is not optimal. Sergio [Agüero] is much better. Today he make a part of the training session. Tomorrow he will be ready.”

“Of course they have been playing the last games without [Zlatan Ibrahimovic] but they achieve to play the way Jose Mourinho wants. They win a lot of duels between the players.

“Ibra is a great player but they also have lots of good players like Lingard, Young and Rashford and they find spaces between the lines.

Source: ManCity


“We go with what we have and we fight with what we have. I trust the boys and we go with everything we have until the last second of the season, we hope. We are fighters, the boys are fighters, and we go."

“[The rivalry] means nothing. If we finish fifth and they finish sixth, it means nothing. If they finish third and we finish fourth, they are above us but it means a lot.

“This is not about Pep [Guardiola], this is not about City, this is about objectives and we want to try to play Champions League football. We still have two doors open.”

Source: ManUtd