Carrick: United injuries are no excuse

It means a possible recall in a deeper-lying role for Rooney, who was an unused substitute at City despite United being without long-term knee injury victim Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Manchester City tried everything they could, but failed to beat Manchester United and Thursday's Derby ended in a quite frustrating 0-0 draw.

City represent the start of a hard run-in for Middlesbrough, who also face trips to Chelsea and Liverpool and a home game against Southampton. Timothy Fosu-Mensah, who came off the bench in the wake of Fellaini's sending-off to operate as an auxiliary midfielder, is also ruled out of Sunday's game by injury.

"Jose Mourinho has had six 0-0 draws away to the top six since he returned to English football in 2013 and knows how to throw a blanket over the tightest contest", he said.

The absolute minimum requirement for Guardiola and Mourinho is to ensure qualification for next season's Champions League, which requires finishing in the EPL's top four - ideally the top three, to avoid a potentially awkward playoff round in August.

With Pogba and Fellaini out, Ander Herrera and Michael Carrick are United's only genuine center midfielders.

While he has frequently lamented the injuries his squad has suffered in the second half of the season, Mourinho also believes that misfortune may have helped create the new spirit he talks of.

Louis van Gaal, Mourinho's predecessor as United manager, is not remembered with any fondness by the majority of the club's supporters. "In my career (as a manager), I had one, in 17 years".

He still hopes to earn a new one-year deal, but said: "It will depend on the club".

It seemed more important for United manager Jose Mourinho not to lose the fixture than to go for the win.

Mourinho said Pogba could return from injury against Celta, and that Mata was making good progress after groin surgery.

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City are now one point behind third-placed Liverpool with a game in hand, while United are in fifth, two points adrift of the Reds with an extra match to play. The Argentine had nine shots in the game, more than any other player in a single match against United this season. A loss against the Red Devils will be a massive blow for Swansea as they are fighting to stay in the Premier League. Eighteen matches are many miles in the players' legs.

"We are in trouble but will we fight, that's for sure". The spirit is wonderful, the group is phenomenal.

Paul Clement: "I don't think they will sacrifice our game".

"Man City contacted my agent, Barcelona as well were talking to my agent, but they weren't as interested in me as Mourinho".

"My focus at the minute is helping us reach the Europa League final, and to win it, and help us get to the top four". We have to be aware of that but I think City are going to be much much stronger next season as well.