The Football Leaks group published details showing how Roberto Mancini, who managed City from 2009 to 2013 and won the Premier League title in 2012, received more pay from a team Sheikh Mansour owns in Abu Dhabi to work as a consultant than from the Manchester club.
"The beauty of these two clubs and their fans who love their team - two teams in a great city", he says. "The top teams, you can not imagine and think about it, play amazingly for 90 minutes and they don't have chances". I can not say we are going to be successful in our motivations, in our desire, but we played two different matches away against two very good teams - Chelsea and Juventus - and we managed to get good results.
They meet regularly and have been spotted at restaurants in the city centre along with other players including United's Eric Bailly, Marouane Fellaini and City's Riyad Mahrez.
"All the derbies are special, I think in Spain there's more noise [in the media] than here, before the game especially, but it's always special for everybody".
Indeed, Paul Scholes said Mourinho's actions lacked class.
United produced an arguably even more impressive comeback victory on their last visit to City in April, recovering from two goals down to win 3-2 on a day when Pep Guardiola's side would have secured the title with a win.
"I think [it] is clear the team is growing up, but we have to grow up also in our compactness and start matches well".
Pogba, 25, missed training at the Aon Training Complex on Friday but hopes to prove his fitness during Saturday's final session ahead of the clash.
"Of course we are on a good run, United as well, it will be like all the games so tight, no team controls the game for 90 minutes and we have to defend well and attack like we have in the last games". "But, for me, the Premier League, local leagues, are so important, with all the history".