Probably the last fixture Jose Mourinho wanted following the 4-0 thrashing by Chelsea last weekend was another Manchester derby.
After his side fell six points behind the front-runners for the title, the pressure has been cranked up on the Portuguese boss.
And, having already lost a Manchester derby at Old Trafford in the Premier League, United fans really won’t be impressed with a second defeat to their ‘noisy neighbours’ in the space of a couple of months.
While players shouldn’t really need motivating for a local derby, it’s understandable that a few of them may be a bit demoralised with recent events.
So, how will Mourinho raise the morale of his players?
Well, by sending them a rousing text, of course.
That’s according to the Daily Mail who claim Mourinho will send all of his players a tailored text message ahead of the clash with City as he looks to arrest the recent poor form.
Even before the Chelsea clash, Mourinho’s side were being questioned after a home draw to Stoke before a tactical stalemate against Liverpool at Anfield.
However, Mourinho's side were 1-0 down after just 30 seconds at Stamford Bridge following a defensive mix-up and went on to concede a further three goals thanks to some awful defending.
After the match, Mourinho admitted that he would rather the next fixture be in the Premier League as they look to close the gap between them and league leaders Manchester City.
"I would prefer to play in the Premier League. It's a bad feeling in the Premier League,” he said.
"With the combination of results the gap to the top is six points. We've had a very difficult period of matches. We lost points this week and even in the match when we played phenomenal against Stoke, we lost points then.
"Now we need to win matches. I'm not saying they are easy ones but we have Burnley, we have Swansea, West Ham, Sunderland, Middlesbrough, matches that we need to win and the top four, the top five, they have to play between themselves like we did this week against Chelsea and Liverpool.
"They are going to lose points too so we are in the run but there is no way to hide because I think our faces speak by themselves. We are really, really sad but again this is not for kids, this is for men and tomorrow we have to be men and work for the next one."
United vs. City
But Mourinho knows a victory against City - no matter what competition it’s in - would serve as a massive lift for the club.
City and Pep Guardiola himself will head into the encounter with a bit of pressure. The Citizens have failed to win in five matches in all competitions after losses to Tottenham and Barcelona and draws against Celtic, Everton and Southampton.
Instead of sending his players a text message ahead of the match with United, Guardiola opted to keep his players in the dressing room for almost an hour after their 1-1 draw with Southampton with the Spaniard clearly disappointed with the way his side performed.
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