And on who will win the derby, he said,"I've a sneaking fancy for Man United at the weekend" as they will "ask questions of the defence" and feels the perception of Jose Mourinho as a park-the-bus merchant is "exaggerated" and that it is more a case that he can coach a team to defend effectively.
It was hardly ideal preparation for one of the most intense fixtures in their schedule but Fernandinho thinks the loss could be just the jolt the City team needed to stave off any complacency.
The France global will play no part in this weekend's hugely anticipated clash between the top two sides in the Premier League.
Louis Van Gaal was next to sit in the hot seat and shifted the player out to the right flank, seeing him as incapable to playing the attacking midfield role in the Premier League. If City drop points, there's a good chance for United in this race to be crowned champions. Despite being on the sidelines himself, Pogba believes that United can win the derby.
City were thought likely to play in an ICC tournament in China in 2018 but organisers may hold off on staging such an event in that country until a non-World Cup year.
As I've said, this was proof for him that his players are on the same page as he is and that was certainly reason for him to be very satisfied with progress.
"Now it is City who play with wingers and you can see City are scoring a lot of goals".
To take the next step, a win in this game is absolutely crucial and I've had a feeling all week that Mourinho might just get what he and all the other title hopefuls want. If United beats City's high pressing game or steals possession to launch a counterattack, Lukaku may look to isolate and get behind Nicolas Otamendi.
Mourinho also will be well aware that, in closing down City's flying wide men and baulking some of the flow from their creative hub of D.Silva and De Bruyne, all the aforementioned "successful" clubs have been beaten. Now there is a big change.
City are looking to make it a Premier League record of 14 consecutive wins but they go into the game on the back of their first defeat of the season against Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League on Wednesday. I can't wait for this game.