Jose Mourinho Delivers Wide-Ranging Injury Update Ahead of 'Special' Manchester Derby

Juan Mata There’s never been a problem with Mourinho – I wanted to prove myself at Manchester United

Juan Mata There’s never been a problem with Mourinho – I wanted to prove myself at Manchester United

United have had to make do without Jones since he picked up a thigh injury playing for England against Germany last month.

Jose Mourinho will be able to call on Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Phil Jones and Nemanja Matic for this weekend's "special" Manchester derby. I think we can (win the league) but I think other teams can be champions'.

Manchester United will host table toppers Manchester City in the forthcoming English Premier League (EPL) tie.

A day earlier, Mourinho confirmed in his press conference that Zlatan and Jones are fit to be available for selection, but Fellaini would have to wait.

Fellaini, meanwhile, has been trying to shake off a knee problem, but the game has come too soon for Eric Bailly and Michael Carrick, who remain sidelined.

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As far as Mourinho is concerned, United players can not allow themselves to get wrapped up in the occasion and must focus on what they need to do to win a crucial fixture.

Mourinho was reluctant to try and predict how the game would go, with many believing that United will be cautious and look to hit City on the break.

The onus will be on United - on a 40-game unbeaten run at home - to win, but Mourinho would not give anything away about how he might approach it. "We are a better team than past year - I think City is also better than last season", the United boss explained as he faced the media on Friday afternoon. "There are so many things that are out of my control that can totally transform the direction of the game".

Mourinho dismissed a suggestion that, even in December, it is already a two-horse race for the title and was scathing about Guardiola's view that set-pieces would be important because of the height available to United.

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