Neville: reasons for United to be hopeful ahead of Derby

United boss Jose Mourinho admits the striker still needs more time to strengthen his knee

United boss Jose Mourinho admits the striker still needs more time to strengthen his knee

The Man City midfielder is a doubt for Sunday's top-of-the-table clash at Old Trafford after he failed to travel to Ukraine for his side's clash with Shakhtar this evening.

"It has been a tough week for Manchester City, but a good one, though it has also been a good week for Manchester United as well, in terms of competitors chasing City", Neville told Sky Sports News.

'He was waiting for quite a long time, he has been deserving for quite a long time.

With that in mind, the United manager will be relieved that his decision to select Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford in his starting line-up - in a match they could have afforded to lose by six goals and still qualify for the next round - was rewarded by both of them...

Paul Pogba, who was sent off at the Emirates, is suspended.

Barcelona, Juventus, Bayern Munich, Arsenal and Tottenham are also keen and that's why the German press are reporting that Schalke are ready to offer Goretzka a club record £150,000-a-week deal to secure his loyalty.

A 7-0 defeat would see Jose Mourinho's men drop into the Europa League on goal difference behind their Russian opponents and Switzerland's FC Basel. Goals have been lacking in his game of late.

Asked about his future at the weekend, the playmaker said: "It's not about the money, it definitely isn't".

Unsurprisingly, ever since then, he's found first-team football hard to come by and has even been left out of matchday squads by Mauricio Pochettino.

"But I think it doesn't matter the team we get in the draw". During his Old Trafford career, he won 10 major honors and ultimately went on to become only United's second ever non-British/Irish captain after Eric Cantona. He perhaps wasn't helped by the fact that the similarly aged Bailly had so seamlessly made the transition when he joined from Villarreal 12 months earlier, but Lindelof's price tag alone brought huge pressure.

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