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Mata reveals that Ibrahimovic refers to himself as God at Manchester United

08 December 2017

Pep Guardiola's side head into the derby unbeaten in the Premier League having won 14 of their first 15 games, but Mata insists they will struggle to maintain that form over 38 games. "Which we all know how hard it is to win every single game". "We have just started December and December is a crucial month with a lot of games".

"It's very hard, especially in the Premier League".

"Hopefully, first of all, it's a great game of football and, secondly, we can win".

Despite that it is expected that City wil come to the Theatre of Dreams all guns blazing, and Mata has insisted that they need to keep the "pace" that they have had in the last few matches to defeat City and to be in a "position" for the title come May. Phil Jones also has a chance of being fit for this one.

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While Mata accepts the France worldwide is a "big miss" for such a key game, he is convinced the squad is good enough to cope. "He's a fantastic player." . He's a very complete midfielder, he can do all things.

Mourinho has said of his possible involvement in that game after missing two fixtures with a slight knock: "Truth is that [Eric] Bailly is out for the weekend, [Phil] Jones a chance, [Marouane] Fellaini a chance, Zlatan a big chance and [Nemanja] Matic is injured, but will play for sure. I think that team won't be jumping with happiness to play against us".

Hopefully, Jose Mourinho has a masterplan to cope without Pogba and United can pull off an unexpected and hugely important win in the context of the title race. Jesse scored a Goal of the Season contender in the 4-2 win at Watford and was at the double against Arsenal. It's a insane league and it's too early to think that it's finished.

Asked to provide a fitness update on his squad, Mourinho told reporters at Old Trafford: "Do you want the truth?"

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'The kit men were shaking and didn't know what to think, then he fell about laughing with them.

"We need to look at the bigger picture", the attacking midfielder said. It's hard for everyone to win every single game so we are waiting for that.

"Considering we finished third in the group, it's not a bad result, and fighting for qualification until the last day is not bad either", he said. When you play Watford, Stoke, West Ham away or whatever, it's very hard to win every single game and we need to be ready if they drop points.

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Mata reveals that Ibrahimovic refers to himself as God at Manchester United