Pep Guardiola: David Silva is a doubt for the Manchester derby

There's a little game at Old Trafford against Manchester United coming up, and this may be a good opportunity to rotate the squad and give some reserves and youngsters a chance to play.

He is now expected to come back into a United midfield that will be without the suspended Paul Pogba, who starts a three-match domestic ban, for Sunday's crucial clash against the Premier League leaders.

To be able to win it again, to repeat what I did in 2009 with the manager in a different country, a different club, would be something special.

City lost their first game of the season to Shakhtar Donetsk, although their passage to the Champions League knockout stages had already been sealed before a ball was kicked.

Silva, who scored the pivotal winner against West Ham United on Sunday, was left out of the City squad that travelled to Kharkiv for their final Champions League group game against Shakhtar Donetsk.

That was in no small part due to the presence and contribution of youngster Edimilson Fernandes, whose energy allowed West Ham to counter effectively and compete in the engine room against one of the best sides in Europe. "He's injured, but he'll play for sure". We are a bit more humble.

'If such a person watches you from the stands it can be extra motivation and I hope this will be the case with our Brazilians'.

In his post-match press conference, Mourinho expanded on United's current injury problems and specifically referenced Lacazette and Silva's respective situations.

Shakhtar have won their two home games in the Champions League so far this season, scoring also 2 goals in each of their last four outings on home soil.

"I'm not the luckiest guy with draws, so it's better I shut up and forget it because we only play in February and until then I have to concentrate on the English competitions", he said.

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.

United fell behind late in the first half when Vitinho's shot from Mario Fernandes's cut-back struck team-mate Alan Dzagoev on its way into the net.

"He felt uncomfortable after his goal [against West Ham]".

  • Ricardo Clara