Both teams are in good form, with seventh-placed United on a three-game winning streak and league leaders City having gone 11 games unbeaten in all competitions.
"All the derbies are special, I think in Spain there's more noise [in the media] than here, before the game especially, but it's always special for everybody".
"If we draw it's nine [points] and if we lose it's 12 - it's not the way to look at the match", Mourinho said. "But I don't think they think it is an easy match for them". "I think he's been fantastic and I'm very happy to have him as a coach". Just imagine what he will come out with should Man United defeat rivals Manchester City on Sunday.
"He talks to me, tries to help me, he gives me - how do you say it in English... to improve my game and stuff like that".
City were in the news recently for allegedly breaking the Financial Fair Play regulations, but Mourinho would not get into that and was full of praise for how the Etihad side have flourished so far. I can not say we are going to be successful in our motivations, in our desire, but we played two hard matches away against two very good teams, Chelsea and Juventus, and we managed to get good results.More news: Chelsea's Eden Hazard 'no risk' to play vs BATE Maurizio Sarri
The Belgium worldwide will return to the squad when they visit local rivals Manchester City if he comes through training without incident.
'He [Ronaldo] will go home tonight, believe me, absolutely gutted because a goal like that will not be highlighted because they lost the game. "We're a team that always finds a way to fight back".
"It was great to see to see Paul again because we're good friends", he told reporters. "I didn't offend anyone at the end, I just made a gesture that I wanted to hear them louder".
Romelu Lukaku missed the trip to Turin after picking up a hamstring complaint on the eve of the 2-1 win at Bournemouth, but the striker could make a welcome return at City. "If the answer is positive and we have, of course, one more session tomorrow, but if the answer is positive then he is ready".