Kevin De Bruyne disappointed by Paul Pogba's absence from Manchester derby

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Kevin De Bruyne disappointed by Paul Pogba's absence from Manchester derby

Manchester City's third successive late victory "shows what we are", manager Pep Guardiola said after David Silva's 83rd-minute victor saw his side equal a Premier League-record 13th successive triumph.

After the phony war of their first season in Manchester, the rivalry between Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola will resume for real in Sunday's seismic derby showdown at Old Trafford.

Manchester City ace Kevin de Bruyne says they'll go to Manchester United to win on Sunday. It is a look Guardiola knows all too well and its reappearance indicates the biggest managerial rivalry of recent times is about to erupt again. "It showed what we are". Pep Guardiola said in his pre-match presser that he wants his team to win this game, but that doesn't mean he'll go with a really strong team.

"He's a massive player".

Nicolas Otamendi had converted substitute Gabriel Jesus's cross in the 57th minute to equalise, after defender Angelo Ogbonna had headed West Ham into the lead.

"Manchester City are one of the best teams in Europe, if not the world, to watch at the moment", Mills told Sky Sports News.

"You have to try to solve it (when teams pack the defence)".

"In the second half we tried to come back, had our chances, but we are not happy. We created more with two", he said. We will be doing our job here and if we do it well, if we play our best football, that match will not matter.

Speaking after Tuesday's 2-1 win over CSKA Moscow, Mourinho was not buying it and grouped Guardiola's claims with those of Arsene Wenger, the Arsenal manager who said Alexandre Lacazette would not face United last weekend before he promptly played and scored in the Emirates Stadium thriller that the visitors won 3-1.

"So it will be interesting - they will maybe sit behind the ball a little bit more".

City have been in irresistible form this season but it appears that teams may have identified a potential Achilles heel in their defence at set pieces.

Mourinho confirmed that Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who has not been involved in United's last two matchday squads as he continues his recovery from a long-term cruciate knee ligament injury, has a "big chance" of featuring against City.

"We spoke a lot about defending set pieces but they are taller", Guardiola added.

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