Wayne Rooney scored on his return to the Manchester United line-up
01 May, 2017, 12:58
Mourinho, however, is more focused on claiming a top-four finish to secure Champions League qualification regardless of whether they end up above their cross-town rivals.
United are facing a minor injury crisis ahead of the trip to the Etihad Stadium, with Mourinho confirming on Wednesday that Paul Pogba is not fit enough to feature.
"We go with 11 and for sure the 11 on the pitch are going to give everything, that's for sure".
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And the Catalan boss is fully expecting the tension to continue right up until the final game of the campaign, with Liverpool and Arsenal also vying for the other two top-four spots alongside Chelsea and Tottenham.
England's record goalscorer has found playing time limited at Old Trafford this term, with injury problems and the form of Zlatan Ibrahimovic restricting him to 10 starts in the Premier League.
"They win a lot of duels". I didn't feel uncomfortable in the wide role, but when something is different it takes a while to get used to it.
"Now he has an important surgery, so I think it is a waste of time to speak about what comes next", said the United manager.
"I just want the hard surgery to go [well]", he said.
Speaking to the press today, Pep Guardiola said that Gabriel Jesus is ready but his physical condition isn't optimal, whereas Sergio Aguero is much better and will be ready.
"We think he is in fabulous hands".
Pogba's absence with a muscular injury only adds to an injury list which includes Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Rojo (both knee), Smalling (knee), Jones (foot) and Juan Mata (groin).
"If I was Smalling or Jones, I would play Thursday with anything, I would do a last push", said Mourinho.
United head into the game on the back of three successive Premier League wins and a 23-match unbeaten run in the league that stretches back to October.