According to the reports, The Brazil global midfielder found himself at the centre of a transfer tussle before and during the summer window.
Kevin de Bruyne, Eliaquim Mangala and Claudio Bravo are long-term absentees.
"It's a very important match for two reasons. because it's the Manchester derby and also because if we win we will put distance between ourselves and them in the table".
"It is not special because of what happened last season but it is special because it is a Manchester derby", he said. "Manchester United did nothing to win the game".
Mourinho, however, does not want to dwell on the gap between the teams, preferring to look on the fixture as a means to continue his side's positive momentum. "I've always been confident".
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United's Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial as well as City's Benjamin Mendy are set to head to the French capital by private jet after the game at the Etihad Stadium to celebrate a friend's birthday.
"They have incredible talent up front and in the middle as well. They have a great manager, so I hope in the future they will get back to their best". "We have to control the ball more and be clinical".
"I think [it] is clear the team is growing up, but we have to grow up also in our compactness and start matches well".
Former Real midfielder Solari took over from the sacked Julen Lopetegui as interim coach on October 29, and has now seen his side score 11 times without reply following wins over Melilla and Real Valladolid.