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The United boss takes his side to the Eti­had to­mor­row in the first derby of the sea­son. Jose Mour­inho has branded Manch­ester City “un­touch­able” ahead of the ea­gerly-awaited derby show­down.

City won the ti­tle from United last sea­son by a record-break­ing 19-point mar­gin with a record to­tal of 100 points, and top the Premier League ta­ble go­ing into the derby, with the Reds trail­ing by nine points.

The cham­pi­ons have faced dam­ag­ing al­le­ga­tions this week that they ar­ti­fi­cially in­flated spon­sor­ship deals in a bid to com­ply with UEFA's Fi­nan­cial Fair Play rules.

Mour­inho, asked about the FFP al­le­ga­tions fac­ing City, said: “It's dif­fi­cult for me to an­swer be­cause I fo­cus on my job.

“I fo­cus on the four lines, fo­cus on foot­ball, so if you want to speak about their foot­ball po­ten­tial we can speak, and foot­ball po­ten­tial starts with in­vest­ment.

“Af­ter that, of course, there is a qual­ity of the work, of the or­gan­i­sa­tion, I think that is un­touch­able. But what is be­hind, I can­not say. But in this mo­ment I have only to think about foot­ball, and to think about foot­ball is to think about Manch­ester City as a foot­ball team there.”


United came from be­hind to win 3-2 at the Eti­had last sea­son to de­lay City's ti­tle corona­tion and Mour­inho said they go there to­mor­row with the in­ten­tion of do­ing the same.

Asked if United, who have won their last three games with a more at­tack­ing ap­proach, will go toe-to-toe with City to­mor­row Mour­inho said: “We are go­ing to try.

“I can­not say we are go­ing to be suc­cess­ful in our mo­ti­va­tions, in our de­sire, but we played two dif­fi­cult matches away against two very good teams, Chelsea and Ju­ven­tus , and we man­aged to get good re­sults.

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