Manchester United star chose them over Pep Guardiola and Manchester City

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"All derbies are special, I think in Spain there is more noise than here but special, special for everybody", he said.

"But, in this moment, I have only to think about football, and to think about football is just to think about Manchester City as a football team".

"They are a very good side, they play good football, they score a lot of goals in every game, but we also have our qualities which we have to use".

Juventus had proved wasteful with Sami Khedira and Paulo Dybala both hitting the woodwork before five-time Ballon d´Or victor Ronaldo brought the capacity 41,470 crowd to their feet when he hammered home Bonucci´s long pass from just inside United´s half. "We stick together through the hard times and the good and we win games like this, and it puts us on a high".

"We played a fantastic game, to our top level, as we can not be any better than this", said Mourinho. "But you are right, Manchester City is a very powerful team".

The 25-year-old, who scored twice in the 3-2 victory at the Etihad Stadium in April, will get a chance to prove his fitness during United's final training session on Saturday before the game the following day.

The Belgian has been out of form in recent weeks but could be part of the 18 when Manchester United take on the Premier League champions on Sunday.

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"If we drew it's nine, if we lose it's 12", the United boss said. "I don't think there's any need for it but that's the way he is". "If you want to put that match into the context of where we are, where we can be, then it becomes even more hard".

"We have to stop them in their attacks, there is a way to do it and the manager knows that". The match is hard enough by being an isolated event.

"So, I just want to play the match as an isolated event: hard match against a very hard team". After 90 minutes of being insulted, it's normal (to respond).

However, Mourinho knows they can not afford the sloppy starts that have been all to frequent recently.

"A point or three would have changed little for Juventus, but three points makes a big difference to us".

Allegri added: "It leaves a bitter taste in the mouth, but we can't win all the time. Which, I have to say against Juventus, it happened".