Mour­inho aims dig at Guardi­ola over Silva’s fit­ness

The Daily Telegraph - Sport - - Sport Champions League - By John Percy at Old Traf­ford

Jose Mour­inho has fired up Sun­day’s po­ten­tially ex­plo­sive Manch­ester derby by tak­ing a swipe at Pep Guardi­ola over the fit­ness of David Silva. Mour­inho has ac­cused Guardi­ola of us­ing mind games af­ter the Manch­ester City coach claimed Silva is doubt­ful for the Pre­mier League clash at Old Traf­ford.

Arse­nal’s Arsene Wenger was also caught in the Por­tuguese’s cross­fire over com­ments made about Alexan­dre La­cazette, who started the game against United on Satur­day, de­spite be­ing ap­par­ently ruled out 48 hours be­fore.

But it is the un­cer­tainty over Silva’s in­volve­ment that has riled Mour­inho, af­ter the winger failed to travel to Ukraine for City’s Cham­pi­ons League game against Shakhtar Donetsk. Guardi­ola in­sisted he did not know whether Silva would be fit to play, but when asked which of his own play­ers could re­turn, Mour­inho replied: “When we have a prob­lem, we have a prob­lem.

“When play­ers are in­jured, they are in­jured. I tell you the truth. The truth is Eric Bailly has no chance for the week­end, Phil Jones a chance, [Marouane] Fel­laini a chance, Zla­tan [Ibrahi­movic] a big chance and [Ne­manja] Matic is in­jured but will play for sure. [Michael] Car­rick, no chance.

“No sto­ries of La­cazette or David Silva. All the truth. Our op­po­nents have all these is­sues. They have a big is­sue but, in the end, ev­ery­body is ready to play. They have phe­nom­e­nal or­gan­i­sa­tions. We are a bit more hum­ble.” Mour­inho was in typ­i­cally spiky mood af­ter United se­cured top spot in Group A with their 2-1 win over CSKA Moscow. Romelu Lukaku and Mar­cus Rash­ford scored.

The re­sult means they have reached the last 16 of the Cham­pi­ons League for the first time since 2014. “I think that teams will not be jump­ing with hap­pi­ness to play against us,” he said. “I am not the luck­i­est guy with draws, so it is bet­ter I shut up and for­get it be­cause we only play in Fe­bru­ary. Un­til then

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