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With Pep Guardiola and his team in such brilliant form, Mourinho knows that a six-pointer like this could make the difference between a real tilt at the title or a long run in to the end of the season watching Manchester City in cruise mode.

He scored a hat-trick for United in a 5-0 win over City in 1994 and his final game for City was a 1-1 draw with United at Old Trafford in 2001.

Fifteen games into the new season, City are eight points clear of United at the top of the table and Sunday's game is being billed as Mourinho's big chance to stick a spike in Guardiola's wheels.

And with United also thought to be contemplating a return to the USA, that could raise the possibility of another Manchester derby taking place overseas.

The arrival in Manchester of the two pre-eminent managers of the age stoked the embers of a bitter personal rivalry that had crackled with blistering intensity during the two years they spent in opposing camps in Spain. City had won their previous 20 games in all competitions, many of them convincingly. Mourinho knows he must try for the win and while he is aware that he is facing the most risky attacking team his players will have to deal with all season, he has to take them on and hope that my reservations about Guardiola's defence prove accurate.

I'm sure Mourinho will be tempted by Fellaini, mainly because of his aerial power and his usefulness in set-pieces which could be United's best route to goal. The game will be decided on how well United are able to resist City's endless waves of attack.

"It is an important season for both coaches - Mourinho and Guardiola".

United might not offer much going forward with the absence of Pogba, but they won't risk much in midfield defending against the likes of David Silva, Kevin De Bruyne and Fernandinho on Sunday.

City eventually finished third as United trailed home in sixth place, but Mourinho could reflect on the season with greater satisfaction after leading his team to a League Cup and Europa League double.

Manchester United maintained their momentum in the Premier League following a 3-1 victory over title rivals Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium last weekend.

"But I think Man United will give them the hardest game by far this season".

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

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