Kevin De Bruyne would prefer to face Paul Pogba in Manchester derby

Shakhtar Donetsk's coach Paulo Fonseca

And, speaking at a pre-match media conference in Ukraine, Toure - who also worked with Guardiola at Barcelona - said: "Our team is practising the best football in Europe but we want to play against the best teams to see where we are". He will now get that opportunity in the fiery atmosphere of a Manchester derby.

Guardiola has been saying for weeks that his side will lose at some stage, and while he has often said that the most important thing will be how the players react, he has always seemed confident they have what it takes to brush off a set-back and put things right.

The Ukrainian champions need to deny City victory at the Metalist Stadium in Kharkiv on Wednesday to guarantee themselves a place in the last 16.

"Against Arsenal, they could get away with it". Bernardo Silva is surely starting this one as well, with Raheem Sterling or Sergio Ag├╝ero (or both) going to the bench.

'I have had similar deciders in my career but this is the first time I have had such a game in the Champions League'.

In freezing temperatures against a Shakhtar team which only needed a draw to be sure of qualifying, City struggled to cope with rapid counterattacks by the Ukrainian side's Brazilian forwards.

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Fonseca said: 'We are very pleased he will come to Kharkiv to watch this game.

"I think teams respect us".

It is certainly not ideal that they tasted defeat and you would imagine that the players will be annoyed at losing their winning streak, but it will be Guardiola's job to focus their minds on the bigger picture.

City will train again back in Manchester on Friday afternoon and by kick-off on Sunday the vast majority of their strongest XI will have benefited from a midweek rest.

"We have a big week, with Swansea and Tottenham following the United game", says City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne. Will he continue his rich vain of form in the Manchester derby?

A late David Silva goal completed a 2-1 victory over West Ham on Sunday and if City beat United at Old Trafford for the second successive season under manager Pep Guardiola, they will equal Arsenal's Premier League record of 14 straight wins, which straddled two seasons in 2002.

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