United are the world-renowned club, and for all City's handsome football and limitless spending power, when they win the Premier League this year, they will have equalled Sunderland's record of top-tier titles in English football history and overtaken Huddersfield Town.
Manchester United, meanwhile, are fully rested, and Pep called on the Manchester City faithful to create an atmosphere that will fuel a City side that could get leggy as the game goes on. But being a guy who two months ago offered me Mkhitaryan and Pogba to play with us. Why? City can clinch the Premier League title with a win. Yes, it is about now.
"I don't know, I have no idea if they were interested or not, they were trying or not. We will even make a short training session on Saturday morning and make a decision about the line-up".
"Tomorrow, no matter what, we'll have six more chances. but I'd rather be facing it with a better result than we had".
POINTS TALLY NORMALLY ENOUGH TO FIGHT FOR TITLE " Obviously you see the number of points that we have and it's easy to go to the books and to understand that with the number of points we have, we would normally be in the fight for the title and we are not, because City has a very good number of points that makes very, very hard for the second [placed team] to be fighting for the title, which we are not in this moment".
Still, City will put out a strong team, with a probable front three of Gabriel Jesus, Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva, for example, with Sergio Aguero still an injury doubt.
The Brazil striker endured a particularly frustrating outing against Liverpool and was critical of his own display afterwards.
"I never speak with him so his opinion [about me], I don't know". It was the first time he had played an away knockout tie in the Champions League. He's the boss, you can be good with each other but there's still a distance between a coach and a player. Always the first time you suffer, the next time he'll be better. I agree with him. He did what we spoke about, he fought a lot.