Conte expects Pogba to start against Chelsea

"What never happened to me and will never happen is to be suspended for match-fixing", Mourinho said.

'In the past, both of us said things, ' said the Chelsea manager, at the training ground in Surrey, on Friday. Having lost this game last season, the Italian will be looking to get one over his adversary in the weekend - and what better time to inflict a defeat on the Red Devils than now - when both sides with similar ambitions converge at a crunch time of the year.

A goalless draw against Sevilla on Wednesday night means Manchester United should have a favourable chance of advancing in the Champions League when the round-of-16 tie heads to Old Trafford next month.

"A player when he is starting the game has a different kind of preparation for it and it is easier".

Mourinho said, ahead of United's Premier League match against Chelsea on Sunday, that Pogba was quick to get ready and applauded his sense of quick adjustment.

"Of course, in the Premier League, it is hard to win every game, but I think step by step we have improved and in the future I believe, as a team, we can do big things together.

He was on the bench versus Huddersfield in the Premier League and responded in a very professional way and did the same against Sevilla".

United, now second in the league, have an opportunity to open up a six-point advantage over fourth-placed Chelsea with a win this weekend.

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"The headline out of the game the other night in Seville was obviously that Pogba was dropped but I was delighted that McTominay played, and that Jose Mourinho had faith in a player to go into a really hard atmosphere in Sevilla and to give him that trust and faith was a really big move".

"An important game for us, and an important game for them".

The former Juventus boss expressed his hope that Paul Pogba will not be available for United in the game.

Manchester United boss Mourinho was embroiled in an ugly war of words with his Chelsea counterpart Conte earlier this season. Four of six last United's encounters have gone this way.

It's fair to say that Romelu Lukaku's spell at Manchester United has been relatively hot and cold so far. 'But we stop. For me it is stopped. If he stays out it will be better.

United have kept a total of 23 clean sheets overall this season, which is three more than any other Premier League team.

Mourinho instigated the feud - which started at the end of a year ago - by stating he does not "behave as a clown on the touchline", which was likely aimed aimed at Conte, as well as Jürgen Klopp.