Pep Guardiola: We were offered Pogba & Mkhitaryan in January

07 April, 2018, 01:25 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
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"He is the guy who always runs the most and he is one of the more talented players we have in England in our team".

"My motivation is to finish second, I still have the motivation of finishing top four, mathematically it is not done", Mourinho said.

"We are close to being champions".

Guardiola's revelation added extra spice to Saturday's derby between City and United at Etihad Stadium.

"The most satisfaction is from what we have done as a team, to win the Premier League, to feel that title, if we are able to".

"We need the support because we are so exhausted (and) because United rest all week".

"We see what happens. But of course we have one eye thinking about Tuesday", he said. TAG Heuer is the Official Timekeeping Partner of the Premier League.

Pogba has had an average season by his standards and needs the freedom for him to combine with the wide players and Sanchez. David Silva gave City the lead before Rashford quickly levelled, but Nicolas Otamendi goal in the second half gave them all three points.

"We defend the badge, the club the best way possible". Not a single Manchester-born player has started the derby for City in 11 years, which in so many ways cheapens the idea of the rivalry.

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.

City (4-3-3): Ederson; Danilo, Stones, Laporte, Delph, Toure, De Bruyne, B. Silva; Sane, Aguero, Sterling.

Former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss Guardiola won his first English silverware in February when City trounced Arsenal in the League Cup final.

Asked whether City's Champions League first-leg loss poses different questions for United, he simply said "no" - as he did when asked if it impacted his side at all.

Now on 84 points, the leaders are chasing Chelsea's Premier League record tally of 95 points set in 2004-05.

So while Mourinho's argument is backed up by facts, the reality is his side are a massive 16 points behind City, as he admits they have been chasing the minor prizes for some time.

Sources at United have firmly indicated the club had no intention of selling Pogba in January and would not have considered a deal with City.

Manchester City are sure favourites to win with odds of 10/11 whereas Manchester United are ranked 3/1 bets while a draw is available at 11/4.

"It is not for me to say that, it is for you to say that", he said.



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