Mourinho only focused on finishing second ahead of derby

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Jose Mourinho claims the chance to delay Manchester City wrapping up the Premier League title offers no extra motivation for Manchester United heading into the derby.

Guardiola sarcastically added that Raiola shouldn't bring his players to the former Barca boss because he is "a dog" saying that the Italian has to "protect his players". It's not a downside in a bad way, I just think it would be massive.

"But what he has done with him is something all the kids can look to, and I can't ask any more of him than that".

"I said no. We don't have the money to buy Pogba because he is so expensive", Guardiola told reporters on Friday as he attacked the conduct of agent Mino Raiola.

Mkhtaryan joined United in the summer of 2016 from Borussia Dortmund for around £35m but had an inconsistent time at Old Trafford before being sold to Arsenal in exchange for Alexis Sanchez in January.

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He explained: "Pogba is an exceptional player".

United has yet to comment officially.

There has been hostility between Guardiola and Raiola since one of Raiola's most high-profile clients, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, was forced out of Barcelona in 2011 when Guardiola coached the Spanish team.

"I never spoke to Pep Guardiola. So, no. No way". "A top, top player", but that he rejected the approach.

City is 16 points clear after 31 games and could yet win the league by a record margin, beating United's 18-point title triumph from 1999-2000.

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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.

"My motivation is to finish second, I still have the motivation of finishing top four, mathematically it is not done", Mourinho said. We have three massive games coming up - United, Liverpool and Spurs - we have to see the players condition.

"In terms of how aggressive he goes and how much intensity he has, when one of the best players does that, the others have to follow him".

Pep Guardiola's side, who surprisingly lost 3-0 at Anfield to Liverpool in their UEFA Champions League quarter-final first leg clash in midweek, have won their last five league outings on the bounce.

"Are we? That's your opinion", he said.

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