Paul Pogba has harmed Manchester United's chances in the derby, says Fernandinho

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"I would have been more confident of United ending City's run of successive Premier league wins, which now stands at 13, had Paul Pogba been available but I am convinced we will see goals at Old Trafford in what promises to be a wonderful end to the weekend action", Owen told BetVictor.

Given that the third season of Mourinho often heralds downturn, disturbance and closure, this season would appear to be his big chance at Manchester United.

United do believe they have finally got to the root of the hamstring problem which has plagued the France global on and off for the last couple of years.

The former Juventus star even had his walking gait and running style analysed, with a series of new exercises implemented to combat the massive loads he puts through his quads when suddenly changing direction in games.

One big miss for United at the weekend would be Paul Pogba.

It's an intriguing fixture which will test both managers and a game which may well answer the one outstanding question about City.

If it heralds a fall-off in form for City and the beginnings of a closer battle at the top of the table with United, it will go down as a turning point in this season's so-far rather one-sided battle for supremacy.

"The Manchester derby is a special game", said the 48-year-old, who was speaking at the launch of his autobiography, Russia Winters.

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Since Mourinho followed him to Manchester in the summer of 2016, the speculation surrounding the future of the Spaniard has always suggested he will be once again sold by the Portuguese.

Mata previously worked with Mourinho at London club Chelsea but the two couldn't see eye to eye and he was sold to David Moyes' United. The Belgian midfielder is a vital cog in Mourinho's squad and in the absence of Paul Pogba, who begins his three match suspension after his straight red against Arsenal, his return will be crucial.

"The people around the club, when we start to win a lot of games, they start to say a lot of things and it's not good", he continued.

"When I played for City they were not the biggest club, they were just OK, and in the derby we would fight hard because United were the dominant team at the time".

The men's September 2016 reunion promised much, Guardiola's slick City wiping the floor with United in the first half before a Claudio Bravo blunder enabled Zlatan Ibrahimovic to make a game of it in the second.

"And secondly, that I wanted to show what I could bring to the team, to prove myself".

"United will be confident going into the game because of what has happened this weekend for City, even though it has been a good week for City too, as they've scored three late winners and have taken maximum points".