Guardiola: Agent Raiola Offered Me Pogba, Mkhitaryan In January!

Ruben Holloway
April 7, 2018

Manchester City were offered the chance to sign Manchester United's Paul Pogba during the January transfer window, according to City manager Pep Guardiola.

"So if I'm a bad guy, and he (Raiola) has to protect his players, then he has to know he can not bring the players (to) a guy like me, who is a dog".

Responding to questions about Raiola's comments, the 47-year-old manager said, "Finally, the people discover my secrets: I'm a bad guy".

Mourinho's side are two points ahead of third place Liverpool, who played one more game than United.

He explained: "Pogba is an exceptional player".

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As always, feel free to post to your own City and/or United starting XI predictions, as well as your score predictions, in the comments section below.

Having endured a disappointing first season with City, Guardiola has silenced the critics who claimed his purist principles would not work in the cut-throat Premier League, meshing his desire for a smooth passing style with an ability to compete physically.

"I believe a lot in this team", he said after Wednesday's match. I would not speak to him about players; I would speak to Manchester City. "So, no. No way".

"We are not, because City has a very good number of points that makes very, very hard for the second (placed team) to be fighting for the title, which we are not in this moment".

"Pogba is an incredible player", Guardiola said. The clash of the top two teams has big-stakes at play as they usually are when the two English giants collide.

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City is 16 points clear after 31 games and could yet win the league by a record margin, beating United's 18-point title triumph from 1999-2000.

And the Manchester City boss revealed the price of Pogba would have been too much for the Premier League leaders. We have been second for many many months. We have three massive games coming up - United, Liverpool and Spurs - we have to see the players condition.

Imagine that, City, all that spending and lovely football, then in one week they suffer a crushing defeat to Liverpool which looks likely to kick them out of Europe and then top it off by losing at home to United. For that to happen, it is necessary for them to go past Spurs who themselves have been on a roll after defeating Chelsea. It is the first time he plays in Anfield, in his first knockout (phase) in the Champions League.

City have only once reached the Champions League semi-finals despite investing eye-watering sums of money in their playing squad.

"Are we? That's your opinion", he said.

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