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Jose Mourinho plays down Manchester derby and facing his old foe Pep Guardiola

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has played down any talk of a rivalry between himself and Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola.

Both men have enjoyed 100 per cent starts to life at clubs they joined in the summer, but something has to give when the duo resume hostilities after going up against one another at Real Madrid and Barcelona.

The Portuguese was respectful, if reluctant to talk at length, about Guardiola, calling him a "very good manager" as he focused his attention elsewhere.

Andy Cole and Trevor Sinclair mull over the Manchester derby

Former Manchester United forward Andy Cole says the the players are more important than the managers when it comes to the Manchester derby.

It's United against City and Jose Mourinho versus Pep Guardiola when the two clubs meet at Old Trafford in the Premier League on Saturday.

Meanwhile ex-Manchester City player Trevor Sinclair hopes Mourinho behaves on the touchline and lets the football make the headlines.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic sends warning to Claudio Bravo ahead of Manchester derby

Manchester United frontman Zlatan Ibrahimovic has sent a warning to Manchester City's new goalkeeper Claudio Bravo ahead of the derby on Saturday.

The Swedish striker posted a video on social media showing him sending a parcel to Bravo ahead of the Premier League showdown at Old Trafford between the rival clubs.

In a message he says, 'Welcome to Manchester! Here's some training gear, you're gonna need it. See you Saturday.'

Since joining on a free in the summer, Ibrahimovic has scored four goals in his opening four games with United.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic sends a parcel to Claudio Bravo ahead of the Manchester derby Credit: Instagram @iamzlatanibrahimovic


Schweinsteiger: United will be 'last club in Europe'

Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger says the club will be his "last in Europe".

Scweinsteiger says he wouldn't play for another European club Credit: PA Images

The German issued the statement on his Twitter, and thanked United fans for their support.

Mourinho: 'Yes, Pogba's ready to play'

The 23-year-old, who became the world's most expensive footballer when he sealed an £89 million return to Old Trafford Credit: ITV Granada

The 23-year-old, who became the world's most expensive footballer when he sealed an £89 million return to Old Trafford, missed the start of a season with suspension and has only been training with his new club for 11 days after an extended break at the end of his Euro 2016 excursion.

However, Mourinho is confident he is in a condition to face the Saints, even if he is unlikely to last the 90 minutes.

We played with some players against Leicester with less training than Paul.

We had guys coming back from the Euros, who were on holidays, had one week of training and they played against Leicester (in the Community Shield), not at the top of their game, not ready for 90 minutes but they played and performed and it was a good way for them to accelerate that process. In this moment they are in the building-up process of their form.

Paul has been training for more than a week, around 10, 11 days, adaptation is really easy because he is a boy from here, he knows the club, he knows everybody. There's no need for time to adapt.

He needs time to build his condition and his understanding in the way the team tries to play. Yes, he's ready to play. Ninety minutes? I don't believe. Super performance? I don't believe. But in condition to accelerate his process of integration in the team, that's for sure.

– Mourinho
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