Redknapp: Will Aguero be OK in and out of Man City team?

The Black Cats will however, be up against a City side that have won their last four games and scored an incredible 10 goals in their last two matches. Look for Sergio Aguero to once again feature in the starting lineup. Instead, their togetherness, spirit and organisation have proved key, and the 25-year-old has urged his team-mates to summon all of those characteristics when they take on City tomorrow.

Guardiola's charges shaded the possession statistics in the first half, but were let down by their final pass in the 18-yard area.

"Mourinho has found the groove and he understands now what to do with his football club and the players he has brought in are slightly starting to gel and produce the football and results that we need at Man United".

"We tried to make chances". We are there behind, of course, Chelsea because they are nearly unstoppable, but we are there for the rest of the teams.

"We hit the post and we just don't quite get the rebound".

"You have to judge us and our performances". We have to do the same.

"We have to believe", said the Spanish midfielder.

"We don't have to play unbelievable football to stay up, we have proved that in the past". We know it will be tough. But the people think we should win.

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"There is plenty of time, but they are pressure games now".

He added: "I am talking about my team, thinking about the next game, step by step, focused on what we have to do in the next game".

Tottenham and Liverpool were not able to win in Sunderland.

He said: "Everybody would prefer to be in Chelsea's position because then you are playing knowing that losing one game you will be top, if you lose two games you will be top, if you lose three games you will be top".

"Manchester City are a good team, as everybody is well aware", Moyes said.

"They are the most hard games", he said.

Guardiola said Sane can not relax if he wants become one of the best players in the world.

Goalkeeper Vito Mannone has recovered from illness and Billy Jones is available after having stitches in a head wound, but Jack Rodwell (hamstring) is being assessed and the game will come too soon for midfielders Jan Kirchhoff (knee) and Steven Pienaar (calf).

  • Tabitha Byrd