Predicted Manchester United XI vs. Manchester City - Romelu Lukaku in contention

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Mourinho also said that Romelu Lukaku is in line to feature for United against City if he can prove his fitness over the next 48 hours.

"Thank you so much".

"Lukaku is training with the team [on Friday], if this answer is positive and we have of course one more session [on Saturday]", Mourinho said.

You can ask why we always concede before the opposition.

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The Portuguese coach still regrets the club's failure to sign Perisic - with CEO Ed Woodward reportedly refusing to stump up an extra £5m - and believes his skillset would have been a better fit.

According to The Times, they privately admit they "dodged a bullet" by missing out on the former Arsenal player.

The United manager said that after three consecutive wins, including an impressive victory over Juventus in midweek, Pep Guardiola knows he is in for a "difficult match".

"Obviously, we want to win every game but we had a quite hard start at the beginning of the season".

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"I think [it] is clear the team is growing up, but we have to grow up also in our compactness and start matches well".

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Jose Mourinho is a "great manager" and capable of delivering success at Manchester United, says Nani, but the Red Devils are markedly "different" from the attacking team which thrived under Sir Alex Ferguson.

"The sensation when they have the ball with players in front, wow, they have incredible talent in front and the middle". He will be desperate to come back into Mourinho's plans, with a derby date at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday set to present himself with a chance to show City what they missed out on. "I expect a hard game but, in a derby, everything is possible, and we will be ready for that".

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