Manchester United star a sudden doubt for Manchester derby after missing training

Manchester United star a sudden doubt for Manchester derby after missing training

Aymeric Laporte has admitted revenge is motivating Manchester City ahead of their first derby against Manchester United since April's dramatic defeat.

Pep Guardiola said Sunday's Manchester derby will be a special occasion but that it is too early for the match to be considered the biggest game of the season.

City find themselves top of the Premier League once again, whereas United have fallen to seventh and find themselves nine points behind their arch enemies.

Jose Mourinho's men will be on a high after coming back from behind to record a famous 2-1 win away at Juventus in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Still, as a football team it is one Mourinho believes they can beat - particularly after their performance at title contenders Chelsea and the midweek victory away to Juventus.

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"All the derbies are special, I think in Spain there's more noise [in the media] than here, before the game especially, but it's always special for everybody".

Kevin de Bruyne, Eliaquim Mangala and Claudio Bravo are long-term absentees.

"But United have it themselves, with their history behind them, it's always there".

"It is hard for me to answer because I focus on my job, I focus on the four lines [pitch], focus on football".

To date, Sanchez has scored just four times in 28 appearances for the Red Devils, something which has left Jose Mourinho baffled as he searches for answers for the player's drop in form. City did, however, send an emailed statement announcing a new contract through 2023 for winger Raheem Sterling on Friday. He makes things happen and opens the game up for the midfielders to work their magic.

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'I told him there was no need, I didn't insult him.

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The France worldwide was instrumental as United fought back to beat City in last season's corresponding fixture.

However, the build-up to the match has been overshadowed by a series of Football Leaks reports claiming that Abu Dhabi-owned City artificially inflated sponsorship deals in order to comply with UEFA's Financial Fair Play regulations.

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