"I am optimistic. I am so proud of my players and what we are doing and even how we played the last game at Wembley".
In a double boost, Guardiola also says Gabriel Jesus is ready to return to action but the Brazilian global isn't expected to start tomorrow as the City boss suggests he's not yet 100% match fit following several weeks on the sidelines with a foot injury.
However, Mourinho, who suffered another injury blow ahead of Thursday's Manchester derby with the news midfielder Paul Pogba is out with a muscle injury, refused to discuss what comes next for the striker. I don't have regrets. I want to be back playing, and hopefully between now and the end of the season and leave a mark on the games I play.
He said: "When we see each other - "hi-hi". The results are a fact but the way we play every game we should talk about.
"If you analyse the trophies, how many were we able to win this year?"
"I know I'm good enough to play at the top level".
"If we could we'd still do all those things, but it's a bit more hard now. I'm quite satisfied with what we have done". We were not consistent.
Coutinho to Barca? Klopp confident Liverpool star will stay
And once again Roberto Firmino proved to be the match victor as they reclaimed third spot in the league from Manchester City. There was a sense of irony that West Brom ended up getting undone in that department. "We've got to be better than that".
Rooney, whose chances this season have also been limited by an ankle problem, said when asked about speculation over his future: "I think I answered that question in February".
With a well-deserved testimonial on the horizon the Wallsend native has accumulated 452 appearances for the Red Devils in all competitions scoring 23 goals and creating a further 36.
Marca report in their Wednesday edition that Mourinho has made it very clear to his squad that he won't keep anyone who doesn't want to stay, but will demand a good price for them. We arrived more and didn't score [in other games].
Despite being a pivotal encounter in the battle for a top-four spot, the stakes are somewhat lower than when Guardiola and Jose Mourinho clashed on either side of El Clasico's divide.
"In the fundamentals he knows I'm the same one and he's the same one".
Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has reportedly rejected a £13 million offer to extend his current contract because he "does not believe it would be right" in the midst of a lengthy injury, per Neil Custis for the Sun. They have quality and are so aggressive in the duals. "People have their opinions, which I respect, and I have mine".