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Guardiola believes League Cup is a waste of energy

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola Credit: Nigel French/PA Wire/PA Images

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola believes English clubs might be better without the "wasted energy" of a League Cup campaign.

The Spaniard echoed the view expressed by United counterpart Jose Mourinho on Wednesday, when the Portuguese suggested the domestic game could perhaps "survive or even be better without this competition", which United won last season.

Guardiola, like most managers, made major changes for the midweek cup win over West Brom and is poised to switch back to a first-choice XI for the visit of Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Saturday.

There were eight alterations to the team sheet for the game against the Baggies compared to the team which thrashed Watford last weekend, with City facing a hectic schedule which includes games against Shakhtar Donetsk and Chelsea before the end of the month.

"Business is business, but we have a lot of games," Guardiola said at a press conference on Friday ahead of the Palace match.

"If you have to play the competition you have to play the competition, but it is a title that when you win it is okay, but after that people don't give too much credit.

"You don't promote to go to international competitions. The prize is good when you win another one, but you waste a lot of energy.

"You can't imagine going to play Tony Pulis teams at West Bromwich Albion, play 90 minutes there in those conditions, and then after three or four hours - bus, come back, three days later Crystal Palace, three days later Shakhtar Donetsk, three or four days later Stamford Bridge.

"For the managers it is a lot of wasted energy, but we knew that before, so it is not a complaint in those terms. If we have to play we have to play."

Mourinho not crying or counting the days to Pogba returns

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says he's not going to cry or count the days until Paul Pogba returns from injury.

The French midfielder will miss this weekend's game at Southampton because of a hamstring injury and Mourinho says he has no idea when he'll return.

Manchester United's Anthony Martial celebrates scoring his side's fourth goal of the game during the Carabao Cup, Third Round match at Old Trafford, Manchester. Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire/PA Images

At his pre match media briefing the United boss also revealed how he's been impressed with Antony Martial's improved mood around the club.

The 21 year old has scored four goals in seven appearances for the Reds this season and Mourinho says he's a happier person than last season.

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Man City Women leave fans bowled over with a surprise visit ahead of the new WSL season

Manchester City are the reigning Women's Super League champions and they begin the defence of their title away at Yeovil.

The Blues' fanbase continues to grow, they enjoyed crowds in excess of 4,000 last season.

Ahead of the start of the new season four lucky season ticket holders won the chance to enjoy a surprise night out with some of the squad at All Star Lanes bowling in Manchester.

Klopp has no doubt Ox will make an impact at Liverpool

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has backed Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to make an impact at the club.

The midfielder, who joined from Arsenal for £35 million, has come in for criticism after his performance in the League Cup defeat to Leicester on Tuesday.

But Klopp has defended his player saying, "After a game like this where we lost and he didn't play his best game in his life. People will probably ask where's the impact he can make? I am not in doubt about this."

Guardiola 'sad' as Kompany picks up another injury

Manchester City will be without captain Vincent Kompany for Saturday's Premier League clash with Liverpool after he suffered a calf injury on international duty with Belgium.

Former Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling is suspended but right-back Kyle Walker is available again after his one-match ban.

Midfielder Ilkay Gundogan is back in contention after returning to full training following his long-term knee injury.

Mourinho disappointed by Pereira's loan move to Valencia

Jose Mourinho is disappointed by Andreas Pereira's naivety and lack of fight after the talented Manchester United midfielder pushed through a loan move to Valencia.

Pereira impressed during pre-season and it appeared the 21-year-old would have an impact at Old Trafford this season having spent last term on loan at Granada.

However, Pereira was left out of the matchday squad in United's opening four matches of the season and plumped for a move back to LaLiga, joining Valencia on a season-long loan just before the Spanish transfer deadline.

Before leaving the midfielder signed a new deal at United until 2019, including an option for an additional 12 months - a sign of the club's faith in a player whose decision has clearly irked Mourinho.

Andreas Pereira Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire/PA Images

"Andreas Pereira was a personal decision - a decision that I don't agree with," the Portuguese said.

"A decision that, honestly, I don't think in this moment is the best decision for him. (It is) a decision that disappoints me a little bit because I think he has the potential to be here fighting for a position, fighting for opportunities and fighting to be a Manchester United player.

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Klopp explains Coutinho's transfer request by relating it to relationship break up

Philippe Coutinho will not feature for Liverpool against Manchester City this weekend but manager Jurgen Klopp says the Brazilian did nothing "unforgivable" during Barcelona's pursuit of him.

Klopp does not feel the playmaker is fit enough to be included in the Reds squad for the short trip to the Etihad Stadium.

It is almost a month since Coutinho handed in a transfer request in an attempt to force a move to Barcelona, who had three bids rejected over the summer after Liverpool's owners Fenway Sports Group insisted the 25-year-old was not for sale.

He has not yet played a match for the Reds because of a reported back injury but played 47 minutes in two substitute appearances for the national team, scoring a trademark goal against Ecuador.

But that has not been enough to prove his fitness to Klopp, who stressed that fitness was the only reason why the 25-year-old would not be lining up at the Etihad.

"I can explain it a little - maybe a few of you have had a split in a good relationship, with your wife or whatever, and it is not good to think about the time you were split," said Klopp.

Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho Credit: Dave Howarth/PA Wire/PA Images

"It was not the most easy time, but that is the transfer window. It is not the first time and it won't be the last time in history when similar things will happen.

"I really think we handled it really well. Not all the things in newspapers were 100 per cent right but it is normal a lot of things were coming up in a situation like this.

"But nothing I am aware of was unforgivable. The most important thing is no one told me anything where I thought 'Oh, that is too much'.

"He came in yesterday, accepted 100 per cent the situation - I didn't even have to say anything about it."

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