Jose Mourinho believes Manchester City’s players go down very easily, with the Manchester United boss saying it only takes a “little bit of wind” to knock them over.
The 175th Manchester derby is comfortably the biggest match of the Premier League season so far as second-place United attempt to claw back Pep Guardiola’s runaway leaders.
Eight points is the gap ahead of Sunday’s mouth-watering Old Trafford encounter and Mourinho has looked to disrupt rivals City before a ball is kicked.
While full of praise for Guardiola’s side, the Portuguese used the opportunity to underline the unbeaten league leaders’ apparent tendency to go to the deck.
“They are a good team,” Mourinho said. “They defend well, they react well to the moment they lose the ball.
“They have a good dynamic in attack, they have creative movement.
“They have amazing players, they have a fantastic coach, they have lots of good things.
“If you ask me one thing that I don’t like a lot it’s that they lose their balance very easily.
“You know, a little bit of wind and they fall.”
Mourinho’s comments are unlikely to go down well at the Etihad Stadium, especially after Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger accused in-form Raheem Sterling of diving last month.
Fernandinho was booked for simulation at Huddersfield and Burnley boss Sean Dyche fumed with the way Bernardo Silva went down to win a penalty earlier in the campaign.