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Bernardo Silva: Manchester City's artist at work

Bernardo Silva: Manchester City's artist at work”

That is the verdict of Sky Sports pundit and Manchester United legend Gary Neville.

They sat top of the table heading into the weekend's action, two points clear of Chelsea and Liverpool.

However, the build-up to the match has been overshadowed by a series of Football Leaks reports claiming that Abu Dhabi-owned City artificially inflated sponsorship deals in order to comply with UEFA's Financial Fair Play regulations.

Mourinho has come through a tough period as United boss but he and his players received a huge confidence boost in midweek when they came from behind to beat Juventus 2-1 away in the Champions League. In fact, the last time the Red Devils lost to Man City at the Etihad was in 2014 when a Chris Smalling mistake cost the Red Devils.

It is manager Mourinho who is under more pressure though, after his side began the season poorly and are left playing catch up in the title race. In Kevin De Bruyne's absence Bernardo has been an essential contributor to the pictures Manchester City create every week under the managership of Pep Guardiola.

Mourinho, asked about the FFP allegations facing City, said: "It's hard for me to answer because I focus on my job".

"I don't think there is a soft point to this Manchester City team", Neville said. United, on the other hand, have a dismal defensive record as they have already let in 18 goals in just 11 games.

"But they've proven in transition in defending over this last 12 months that they react better than most".

Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku are not expected to start the match due to injury.

"For whatever reason, the centre-backs they have now are not only making mistakes but are also being injured a lot and missing games".



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