Man City were offered United's Pogba in January - Guardiola

Winning the title against United surely means more to the supporters than the players themselves or Pep Guardiola, who had played along with stressing the importance of winning the league in the derby, but in reality surely cares far more about the return leg with Liverpool on Tuesday.

His City side take on United, who are managed by Jose Mourinho - another rival of Guardiola's, but the Spaniard dismissed any suggestion that securing the Premier League title against the Red Devils would be sweeter because of this.

Despite a setback in which De Bruyne was involved in midweek, during the 3-0 defeat to Liverpool in a UEFA Champions League quarter-final first leg, the Citizens are on course to win the championship.

The league title being out of the picture, conceding "a double" against the city rivals will make things worse for the Portuguese boss, and he knows it himself. "Gabriel is 21 years old, it was his birthday earlier in the week". It is the first time he played at Anfield, it is the first time he played in a knockout game in the Champions League. He was a brilliant player in a great generation of very good English players and then he was a Chelsea man for many years, connected with the coaching staff and then as an opponent, because I think the last time he was coaching was with Aston Villa, if I'm not wrong. With another victory over United, and with only six matches to go, it will be an unassailable nineteen points. He is the boss, you can be good with each other but still there's a distance between a coach and a player.

"In football you can always do better, no doubt about that".

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"No", said the United player still reeling from a defeat to Sevilla, when asked about this derby, "we can't lose there".

This astonishing claim comes just days after the super-agent launched a huge attack on Guardiola, calling him "a coward, a dog." "We are not because City has a very good number of points that makes it very hard". "Why?" Guardiola said Pogba was "an exceptional player - a top, top player", but that City - who have committed an unprecedented €586million to transfer fees alone over his two campaigns at the club - could not afford the deal.

Asked if one of them was Raiola, Guardiola initially refused to answer, but then said: "Finally, the people discover my secrets, I am a bad guy". We will have a training session and we'll speak with the docs and see what's the best team.

United are likely to put everything into Saturday's encounter, and with it being a derby clash, the chances are elevated of some tough tackles flying in.

"They're nearly qualified but we have 90 minutes. Of course it is hard but we believe".

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