Silva Lie-ning: Mourinho accuses Guardiola of lying
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho tried to ramp up the derby-day mind games by accusing Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola of dishonesty with regards to David Silva's fitness.
Influential City playmaker Silva scored a late winner last time out against West Ham to preserve an eight-point lead for Guardiola over Mourinho at the top of the Premier League table.
But the Spain international did not travel for Wednesday's Champions League game against Shakhtar Donetsk, where Guardiola was expected to rest other key stars given his team has already secured progress to the knockout stages as Group F winners.
The former Barcelona coach told a pre-match news conference that Silva was a doubt for Sunday's game at Old Trafford, although he failed to specify the nature of the 31-year-old's complaint.
Speaking after Tuesday's 2-1 win over CSKA Moscow, Mourinho was not buying it and grouped Guardiola's claims with those of Arsene Wenger, the Arsenal manager who said Alexandre Lacazette would not face United last weekend before he promptly played and scored in the Emirates Stadium thriller that the visitors won 3-1.
-The truth is Eric Bailly, no chance for the weekend, Phil Jones a chance, Fellaini a chance, Zlatan a big chance and Matic is injured but will play for sure. Carrick no chance. I'm telling the truth, he's injured but will play for sure. No stories of Lacazette or David Silva. All the truth, Mourinho told a news conference
Speaking to BT Sport, Mourinho maintained his theme and claimed United are "a bit more humble" than their rivals.