Friday, December 08, 2017

Guardiola declares Silva fit for Man Utd derby clash




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Pep Guardiola has declared David Silva fit ahead of Manchester City's table-topping clash with Manchester United this weekend.

The Spanish midfielder was left at home instead of travelling to Ukraine to take part in the club's 2-1 defeat to Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League on Wednesday, on account of not being "fully fit".

United manager Jose Mourinho accused long-time rival Guardiola of mind games earlier this week, insisting he would not "lie" about the fitness of his players.

Mourinho faced a similar predicament in the build-up to United's 3-1 win over Arsenal, with Arsene Wenger claiming that Alexandre Lacazette was unfit, before fielding the Frenchman at the Emirates Stadium.

"Sterling has a lot of things to improve and that’s why he will have a long career. Silva is going to play," Pep said.

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