Mahrez fed up with Guardiola

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side have lost six of their last eight in all competitions, including Sunday's embarrassing 4-0 thrashing at Everton.

De Bruyne's absence has been felt by City over the course of the season, as the Premier League title race with Liverpool promises to run to the wire.

"I never prepare a game in my 10 seasons as a manager thinking about this kind of thing". We feel alone and that is why I understand completely his position.

Former BBC African Player of the Year victor and Manchester City's record signing, Riyad Mahrez has reportedly threatened to quit Pep Guardiola's side following a lack of game time.

The Citizens are now two points behind league leaders Liverpool, albeit with a game in hand, knowing that a win at Old Trafford in the coming days will put their destiny in their own hands for what's left of the campaign. We know exactly what we need to do, they are fighting for top four and we are fighting for the title.

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Pogba has endured another erratic season at United, finding himself in and out of the team under Jose Mourinho, before suffering another dip in form recently.

"It'll be great to have him back because, both defensively and in attack, he's been one of our best players".

It meant Jurgen Klopp's Reds have now ceded their advantage - with Pep Guardiola's men previously having played fewer games.

But, ahead of Wednesday's Manchester derby, Guardiola refused to stoke any pre-match controversy again, insisting City have not been offered the World Cup-winning midfielder once more by agent Mino Raiola. The former Monaco man has been so consistent, especially as of late, with City pushing toward the title. "It is a muscular problem and we will see in the next days but tomorrow he is not available".

The 26-year-old has endured a hard campaign having failed to make it off the substitutes' bench for City's last three games.

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