Man United have favourable path to Champions League quarterfinals

Sunday, 25 Feb, 2018

'They are mature people and I'm sure that they don't want to fight with each other.

Conte was first to dabble in the war of words ahead of this weekend, though, as he said he fully expects to see Pogba start on Sunday.

Midfielder Nemanja Matic is confident Manchester United can do "big things" despite the Premier League title looking beyond them this season.

Former Liverpool FC striker Owen is backing Manchester United and Chelsea FC to play out a low-scoring game at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.

Pogba, 24, developed into one of the most sought-after players in world football under the guidance of Conte after he swopped United for Italy's Juventus as a 19-year-old in 2012.

While his undefined, controversy-filled relationship with Conte continues, Mourinho insisted upon his "good" ties with the Chelsea hierarchy.

On Wednesday, Mourinho defended his side's cautious approach in the atmospheric Sanchez Pizjuan stadium, saying his team had controlled the game even though Sevilla created more chances. "For tomorrow's game he is in contention, we will see over my final decision".

Ander Herrera
GETTY Ander Herrera out for the foreseeable future

United, now second in the league, have an opportunity to open up a six-point advantage over fourth-placed Chelsea with a win this weekend. When you have to play these massive games, you must hope to have all players available.

"I think the next few weeks at Old Trafford will be awesome", Mourinho told MUTV.

Sanchez's only goal in a United shirt since joining from Arsenal last month came in bundling home the rebound after his penalty had been saved by Huddersfield goalkeeper Jonas Lossl.

Willian believes his teammates must emulate their performance against Barcelona if they are to beat United and leaders Manchester City. "Then it was a back-heel and a back-heel creates a contraction in the muscular area where he had the biggest problem, and now we have proof that he was not 100 percent fit".

Chelsea's only goal in four Premier League fixtures at Old Trafford was scored by Didier Drogba in a 1-1 draw in October 2014.

"It's not unusual for a young forward to be in and out of the team, and it's something [being rotated] that I would have expected".

The insults freely traded beneath the multitude-of-sins covering umbrella of "mind games" only a few weeks ago ceased as Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte prepared for confrontation.