Rivals have a way of talking down on each other’s achievements and capturing Paul Pogba has been one of Mourinho’s in recent history until things went south.

So, would it be out of place for City boss Guardiola to claim his club were offered the United midfielder by his agent, Mino Raiola, in January?

These were his claims before Saturday’s epic Manchester derby in which Pogba scored twice to spark a dramatic comeback as United recovered from 2-0 down to win 3-2 at the Etihad Stadium.

There is no bigger clapback than that for any serious footballer.

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The victory was a sweet one for the Red Devils, as they denied the runaway Premier League leaders the opportunity to wrap up the title against them.

Trust the media to get some word from outspoken United manager, Jose Mourinho and they asked if it was Guardiola's business to be discussing Pogba.

Mourinho claims the matter did not bother him, and Pogba's performance proves the player was also unperturbed.

He said: "No, I don't even think about it. We know Guardiola (and) Mino, the relationship is not the best, so (it) is normal that sometimes they can come with a little 'touch' on each other.

"I was not worried about it, I was not upset by it. I didn't speak with Paul about it, I didn't call Mino to ask him anything at all.

"I was just focused on the game and I think Paul the same, because the way he played is only possible when he's focused on the game."

Guardiola was unwilling to speak about the matter again after the game but stood by his claims that an approach was made to the club.

"I trust in my people," he said.