Jose Mourinho has dismissed suggestions that the Manchester derby at Old Trafford will be a battle of United’s giants against City’s genius.

City have been vulnerable at set-pieces in recent games and Pep Guardiola has told his players to restrict the number of freekicks they give away to a United side that could include a number of six-footers in Romelu Lukaku, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Chris Smalling, Nemanja Matic, Marouane Fellaini and Phil Jones.

When the height issue was put to Mourinho at his pre-match press conference, the united boss chose to look at the other side of the coin.

‘I think it will be easy for (Vincent) Kompany to compete against (Juan) Mata in the air,’ he said sarcastically.

Mourinho was reluctant to try and predict how the game would go, with many believing that United will be cautious and look to hit City on the break.

‘Football is unpredictable,’ he added. ‘You can try, me as a manager, I can try to define a game plan, to work in a direction but football is unpredictable.

‘We don’t know what can happen. There are so many things that are out of control that can totally transform the direction of the game. I wouldn’t risk saying what game we are going to have.

‘We are a better team than last year, no doubts about it, I think City is also a better team than last season. I think we can (win the league) but I think other teams can be champions.’

It is however good news for Man City as David Silva is set to feature in the Sunday showdown after returning from injury

The Spain international sustained a knock while scoring the winner in City’s late 2-1 triumph over West Ham in their last Premier League outing, missing the Champions League defeat to Shakhtar Donetsk as a result.

The news provides City with a major boost given the playmaker’s immense start to the season, setting up 10 goals in all competitions already.

“He is going to play,” Guardiola told reporters at his pre-match news conference, Friday he told me he feels really good.

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