Manchester City want derby revenge, says Laporte

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"And I think even if this game hadn't ended with victory I would have the same feeling that the team played really, really well from the first minute against a super team".

Win the Manchester derby on Sunday and City will already be 12 points clear of United just 12 games into the new season, a gap that has gradually widened in each of the past three years.

"So if you want to speak about their football potential we can speak, and football potential starts with investment".

But now in their third seasons in charge, Guardiola and Mourinho's reigns have instead seen a chasm open up with the blue half of Manchester now the dominant side of the city.

"Like all the games are so tight, last minutes no team controlled the game and you have to defend well and try to attack like we've done in the last few games".

Manchester City host United on Sunday, with Guardiola's side top of the Premier League table after making an unbeaten start to their title defence. "But I don't think they think it is an easy match for them".

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"So, I just want to play the match as an isolated event: hard match against a very hard team". They also consider him to be someone who isn't a team player, given his constant demands for the ball on the pitch, as well as the aforementioned.

"I don't think it's special because of last season, it's special because it's the Manchester derby and it means what it means", Mourinho added. We have lost two finals in the past four years and last year we played a great game against Real and were unlucky to lose.

"But if we keep conceding goals before the opposition there will be a day where we can not come back so we have to grow up in our approach, because is clear the team is growing up, but we have to grow up in our compactness and start matches well".

"We are not a team that gives up".

"Lukaku is training with the team this morning if this answer is positive and we have of course one more session tomorrow".

Even a fully-fit Lukaku is no longer a certain starter, though, having been dropped against Everton when he was last in United's squad. "Of course it means a lot to the supporters, they are special but we are in Novmeber, maybe the game at Old Trafford will be more important but it's a good one for us and United".