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'Sergio Aguero absence makes Manchester derby more difficult' - Jose Mourinho

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'Sergio Aguero absence makes Manchester derby more difficult' - Jose Mourinho

Manchester United manager Mourinho reckons that the Manchester derby will be more difficult to win as a result of Sergio Aguero's absence.

Despite missing star striker Aguero, Mourinho believes that it will be tougher to beat Manchester City due to the Argentine's absence.

On the City talisman, Mourinho told reporters at his press conference today: "It is more difficult. When Aguero is available we know the formation, we know the dynamic.

"They have so many options."

The United boss believes that the amount of options the Citizens hold in attack will mean a tough task for him in planning victory over Pep Guardiola's men.

"He doesn't play and they have amazing options. Could be Iheanacho, Sterling, Silva as a false nine.

"They have so many options. We have to go step by step. We have to reduce the unpredictability."

United take on fierce rivals  City at Old Trafford tomorrow afternoon.

Ahead of the 12.30pm kick-off, the Special One has said that he is aware of the importance of winning the fixture:

"I know what the derby means to Manchester United.

"If you want to be successful, you have to win the game."

Mourinho also said his team are ready for the challenge of City:

The former Chelsea coach also confirmed that he has no injury complaints for the crunch clash:

There had been worries over the fitness of new signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan after he was forced off while playing for Armenia over the international break.

"I'm not saying he's ready to play 90 minutes, but he's ready to help us," the United boss told MUTV.

Despite his withdrawal from the England squad before their World Cup qualifier last Sunday, it seems as though left-back Luke Shaw is also available.