"Bernardo is in the same situation as Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero".
He went on to say, "People don't see this, don't speak about this, but every time we have important players that get injured when there is important games".
United have their own collection of notable derby triumphs, including a dramatic comeback from the days of Eric Cantona and Roy Keane.
It always appeared a case of when rather than if United would progress to the last-16 for the first time since 2013-14, despite their winning start to Group A ending with the last-gasp defeat at Basel.
The result sent shockwaves through the Premier League as City announced their title ambitions and offered emphatic evidence of a shift in power in Manchester.
The 23-year-old has also only started just twice in the Champions League after missing just one fixture in the competition with the French champions, but looks set to be in the starting lineup against Shakhtar Donetsk.
"Shaw invited Moscow to take him on, such was his confidence and pace to see off (Mario) Fernandes". Sit deep against City, limit the space Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sané have to accelerate into and, even with passers as gifted as David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne, they can be restricted.
Less happily, this is at home, and while the Old Trafford crowd will probably accept a radically reactive approach if it is successful, it's not hard to imagine unease being provoked if it is not. And on that might rest the next three to four years of English football.
Both Ronaldo and Zlatan are fine, and they should make as much money as possible from their talent and personalities, but they're not fun or personable.
"All too often, he seems more interested in making sure he is part of his team-mates' goal celebrations". I was delighted for him and you could feel Old Trafford willing him to do well. United - sparked by impressive performances from Marcus Rashford and the returning Luke Shaw - turned the game around in a 90-second period with goals from Romelu Lukaku (65) and Rashford (66). Pogba doesn't gain that type of status in a team full of world-class players without each of those players knowing and appreciating how good he is.