"The future is a big surgery, a long period of recovering, but the future is also in the hands of a very strong guy".
"But if they finish third and we finish fourth, they are above us but it means a lot", he said.
Now fourth but just two points behind a Liverpool side on which they have two games in hand, Pep Guardiola's team look well positioned to clinch a Champions League place.
United's injury problems are growing, with Paul Pogba the latest casualty after being forced off against the Clarets.
But victory on Thursday would help to shut off City's only path to Europe's top club competition.
In other words, which City stars would improve Jose Mourinho's starting XI?
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But the YPG said 20 of its guerillas had been killed in the attacks around Karachok, including 12 from its women's wing the YPJ. Senior members of the Syrian Democratic Forces sought reassurances from the USA government after the Turkish airstrikes.
"It is going to be the game of the season", the United midfielder said with relish.
United, meanwhile, are in the midst of a 23-match unbeaten run in the league which has propelled them to the brink of Champions League qualification.
Fatigue aside, the only other dark cloud on United's horizon is injuries.
The France global was taken off in the closing stages of United's 2-0 win over Burnley on Sunday, with Mourinho admitting he was unsure if the problem was simply muscle fatigue or a more serious concern.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic's fitness is more important than resolving his Manchester United future, says boss Jose Mourinho.
The last time these two sides met on a Thursday in the Premier League was in November 1994, with Manchester United winning 5-0 thanks to an Andrei Kanchelskis hat-trick.
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Two Houston Astros players had to be helped from the field after this awful accident against the Cleveland Indians. Hinch said. "He's gotten checked out by the doctors, he didn't have a concussion, he was never out", Hinch said.
The pair had some explosive encounters in Spain as managers of Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively, but Mourinho is pleased their touchline duel is not the main talking point this time. That said, these are questions that needed to be asked because we all want to know.
Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has reportedly turned down a £13million offer from the club to pay him while he is injured.
Manchester City played in the FA Cup on Sunday, losing 2-1 at Arsenal in the semifinals.
But he had more positive news about Sergio Aguero, who trained on Wednesday after picking up a knock against Arsenal.
John Stones, Bacary Sagna and Fernandinho are also injury doubts, while it is not clear what role - if any - Gabriel Jesus might be able to play following his return from a broken foot.
He added: "I think so". If they win, it is going to be very hard. "If you play without wingers, more narrow, they can play".
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USA explorers added five oil rigs last week to cap the longest stretch of gains since 2011, Baker Hughes Inc. data show. In January the deal managed to lift the price of crude futures to more than $58 per barrel.
"He's played a number of games this season and though he's not played regularly he's still young and the manager has chopped and changed a lot anyway".