Jose Mourinho had a cutting answer to Antonio Conte question

David Luiz, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Ross Barkley are not available but Conte assured fans that apart from the three, there are no injuries.

As a result, he will nearly certainly stay at United and this may be just a ploy from Raiola to pressure Mourinho into playing the Frenchman.

"We are all excited because these are games we all like to play". Chelsea has dominated this rivalry in recent years with an 8-1-5 record in its last 14 games against United.

"Does Pogba start with a point to prove?"

Asked why Matic was allowed to join top rivals United, Conte replied: 'In the past we have already managed this topic.

Initially, Mourinho had spoken more generally about United vs Chelsea fixtures when asked about his head-to-head with Conte.

"With the players, I don't have any problem, any regret, any stone in my shoes, no problem at all".

"I don't know (why he has not scored against top-six sides) but I'm not anxious", Mourinho said. The player has to make the manager trust him.

The Portuguese opted not to talk about that spat at his news conference on Friday, describing Conte as a "very good manager".

"For a young player it's not an easy situation because everyone expects you to score in every game".

"The run for a place in the Champions League is open, so we must pay great attention", added Conte. "They show me in that moment they feel me as a friend that did his best for the club and respects the club".

Mourinho, whose second spell as Chelsea manager ended in December 2015, was also uninterested in the ongoing row, although he did not call for an end to it.

"Whether it was me or other players, he always used to sting", the former defender told French broadcaster SFR.

Victory, and a first league double over United for eight years, would see Chelsea move level on points with Mourinho's side, with 10 games of the season remaining.

Though he was careful not to reignite things two days before the match at Old Trafford, before downplaying the significance of his meetings with Chelsea.

Pogba is not assured of a place in the United team for Sunday's crunch Premier League game against Chelsea at Old Trafford, with Mourinho suggesting McTominay has edged ahead of his celebrity team-mate in the first team pecking order.

Chelsea will have the chance to make up those three points this Sunday when they visit Manchester United at Old Trafford.

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