Jose Mourinho Accuses Pep Guardiola of White Lies Ahead of Manchester Derby

Jose Mourinho has suggested Pep Guardiola is telling fibs about David Silva's fitness ahead of Sunday's (December 10) crucial Manchester derby, according to reports.

Guardiola said on Tuesday that Silva, one of Manchester City's most influential players, is a doubt to feature at Old Trafford, but Mourinho expects him to feature.

The Manchester United manager referenced Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette's late recovery on Saturday, after he played 90 minutes at the Emirates Stadium, when speaking on the subject of Silva.

"Our opponents have all these issues," Mourinho said, as quoted by the Daily Mail. "They have a big issue but in the end everybody is ready to play.

"They have phenomenal organisations. We are a bit more humble. When we have a problem, we have a problem. When players are injured, they are injured. I tell you the truth.

"No stories of (Alexandre) Lacazette or David Silva. All truth. Eric Bailly has no chance. Phil Jones has a chance.

"Marouane Fellaini a chance. Zlatan Ibrahimovic a big chance. Nemanja Matic is injured but will play for sure."

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Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford, Manchester, England, December 5. Mourinho has accused Pep Guardiola of telling white lies over David Silva's fitness. Laurence Griffiths/Getty

There is plenty at stake for both teams at Old Trafford on Sunday in the first Manchester derby of the season, with City eight points ahead of second-place United in the Premier League.

Victory for Guardiola, many believe, would effectively end the title race before the Premier League even enters its packed festive fixture schedule in mid-December.

City's win over West Ham on Sunday—its third successive 2-1 result—was the team's 20th consecutive win, with Guardiola's team yet to be beaten this season.

Should Mourinho's team manage to end that run, the title race will be opened up; City's lead at the summit will be cut to five points as it enters a week of three games in six days. Chelsea, in third, travels to the London Stadium to play West Ham on Saturday, with three points cutting the gap to City down to eight.

Guardiola's team travels to south Wales to face Swansea before hosting Mauricio Pochettino's Tottenham Hotspur at the Etihad Stadium.