"It's a fantastic victory for us, a victory that is not just about the points we lost at home but the feeling of how well we played", said Mourinho. "If the answer is positive - and we have of course one more session tomorrow - he is ready".
"No, no, no", Guardiola said when asked if Sunday's meeting was the biggest game of the season for City.
"Like all the games are so tight, last minutes no team controlled the game and you have to defend well and try to attack like we've done in the last few games".
Asked if he felt United were operating on a fair playing field ahead of the derby, Mourinho said: "It's hard for me to answer because I focus on my job, I focus on the four lines".
The Football Leaks group published details showing how Roberto Mancini, who managed City from 2009 to 2013 and won the Premier League title in 2012, received more pay from a team Sheikh Mansour owns in Abu Dhabi to work as a consultant than from the Manchester club.
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The money is "secondary", she said. "Nothing has changed, I've always been Granny Spice with biscuits in my handbags", she said. Though she has opted not to be involved in the reunion, Victoria recently sent a message of support to her former bandmates.
"Hopefully I will play and help the team to another win". But what is behind, I can not say.
"All derbies are special, I think in Spain there is more noise than here but special, special for everybody", he said. Cristiano Ronaldo, a former player of United, said: "They didn't do anything to win the game".
One hot potato that arose in his customary pre-match press conference were the startling revelations about his side's cross-city rivals - and opponents this weekend - Manchester City that have recently arisen.
Whatever United's plans, they must involve what has been a problem for most Etihad visitors though, and that is staying in the game.
"But if we keep conceding goals before the opposition there will be a day where we can not come back so we have to grow up in our approach, because is clear the team is growing up, but we have to grow up in our compactness and start matches well".
"I am not living outside so I know it's important".