"Do as I tell you; don't do what I do.' If Manchester City win the Champions League this season it will emphasise what a good coach he is - but I'll hate it. "Guardiola told Zlatan to go to him if he ever had any problems or complaints".
"With my most optimistic head on, I think City will field a weakened side and Jose Mourinho will feel so determined to prevent them winning the league against us, that the game will finish in a 1-1 draw".
Manchester City has collected compliments and plaudits nearly on a weekly basis this season and rightly so, though the premature if inevitable claims about Pep Guardiola's team being the best English side of all-time took a severe dent when Liverpool thrashed - not too strong a word - the visitors 3-0 at Anfield on Wednesday.
"We have to see the condition of the players".
"He is so strong", said the City boss.
City will also be confident going into the game giving the fact that they defeated their main rivals at Old Trafford in December. "Nobody believes we will go through". It is the first time he plays in Anfield, in his first knockout (phase) in the Champions League.
The Manchester City manager sarcastically added that he was shocked Raiola, given the bitter feud between the pair, wanted to move two of his star clients to play for a "dog". You have to live these situations, once, twice or three times to become better players.
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"So far our season has been so good".
He said: "Pogba is an exceptional player". I would say a normal week - no midweek match or Champions League for us, so more time to train.
"It was a tough result and makes it hard for us next Tuesday", he said.
Mourinho did offer an interesting exchange when it was pointed out that he had beaten City this season - in the competition to sign striker Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal - and he was asked if that suggested United were more attractive to players than City. They will have lost a lot of confidence from that Liverpool loss - no shot on target in 90 minutes, the way they've been playing.
"I am so, so happy with what we have done this year", he said.
United have won their last four league games, their best run since a six-game streak from December 2016 to January 2017. In the end, it's always a match of three points and not a match of seven, eight or nine points but there is also a little bit of the emotional difference in relation to other matches.