Manchester United Will Miss Paul Pogba In Derby, Says Fernandinho

Manchester derby is a must-win game for Mourinho's United warns Kanchelskis

Manchester derby is a must-win game for Mourinho's United warns Kanchelskis

That brought the victor in the home game against Tottenham, when United sat deep and were largely content to frustrate, and, while it's unlikely City would succumb to quite such a simple goal as Spurs did, Martial and Lingard running from deep would be a huge test of Fernandinho's defensive capacities specifically and City's defensive organisation in general. It will be a little step for us if we win this game, but nothing will be finished.

Andrei Kanchelskis believes Manchester United may as well concede the Premier League title to Manchester City if they lose the derby on Sunday.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho (left) and Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola on the touchline during the EFL Cup, round of 16 match at Old Trafford, Manchester.

Former Liverpool striker Owen is backing Manchester United and Manchester City to score three goals or more in an exciting derby clash at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.

The arrival in Manchester of the two pre-eminent managers of the age stoked the embers of a bitter personal rivalry that had crackled with blistering intensity during the two years they spent in opposing camps in Spain.

Mourinho's first season at Real Madrid in 2010-11 culminated in an infamously spiky series of matches against Guardiola's Barcelona, who would have the last laugh by claiming a La Liga and Champions League double.

Mourinho nourished the hostility, villainously jabbing his finger in the eye of Guardiola's assistant, the late Tito Vilanova, during a Spanish Super Cup match in 2011.

So how does Mourinho go about stopping City and checking the relentless march of the Pep-bots? The game will be decided on how well United are able to resist City's endless waves of attack.

Kanchelskis - who played for both clubs during his playing career - feels Jose Mourinho's side simply can not afford to lose further ground in their bid to be crowned champions for the first time since 2013.

A convincing City win at this stage, then, may rubber stamp their path to more than just this season's Premier league title.

Recent results, however, give United reason for optimism.

"For a normal home game we would just go from our home to the stadium but before a derby home or away we would stay in a hotel". Unfortunately, I won't be playing but I will be there to help the team mentally.

"You want the truth", Mourinho said.