Manchester City were away on Tuesday against Burnley, racing to a 4-0 scorecard by the 87th minute.
But they could not keep a clean sheet as they conceded just a few seconds from full time.
Meanwhile, Manchester United defeated Mourinho’s Tottenham at Old Trafford, with two goals from Marcus Rashford.
Jose Mourinho tried to make his comeback to Old Trafford a memorable one for his new club, but in the end, the Reds grabbed all the three points.
On Saturday, one of the fiercest rivalries in modern English football will take place at the Etihad. The blue side of Manchester hosts the red side in what is expected to be a thrilling Manchester derby. Manchester United head into this game as the underdogs, and 11 points behind their noisy neighbours.
Man city is desperate and cannot take any more of their fixtures lightly. Liverpool are far ahead in terms of points, and if Pep hopes to catch them, a win is a must this weekend.
Moreover, form inevitably picks out the current EPL champions as the favorites for the day. They have lost only three times in their last thirty-five games, and their sole loss since early October had come against the table leaders Liverpool.
At home, they have been nearly impossible to beat. In their previous 21 appearances at the Etihad Stadium, they have lost just once, and impressively, won 18 of these fixtures.
On the other hand, United were winless in three of their last four overall fixtures and were so in 14 of their preceding 19 games on the road.
Most importantly, Pep’s men have been better records for quite some time. They won three of the last four matches and had scored two or more goals in the prior four such fixtures.
Taking into account all these observations, expect the host to sweat it out on the pitch, and secure a win against their rivals. Count on them to take no chances and try and dominate proceedings all through the ninety minutes.
Man City possible starting lineup:
Ederson; Walker, Stones, Fernandinho, Mendy; De Bruyne, Rodri, D Silva; Mahrez, Jesus, Sterling
Man Utd possible starting lineup:
De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Williams; McTominay, Fred; James, Pereira, Rashford; Greenwood
Man City Premier League form: WWLWDW
Man City form (all competitions): DLWDDW
Man Utd Premier League form: WLWDDW
Man Utd form (all competitions): WWDLDW
Predicted scoreline: Man City 3-1 Man Utd