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Posted Monday, December 18th 2017

In brief: Pre-Manchester United press conference

Lee Johnson and his players have met the media ahead of City's Carabao Cup tie with José Mourinho's Manchester United.

The head coach answered questions from the local and national press along with Aden Flint, Josh Brownhill and Luke Steele.

Here's what they had to say:

LEE JOHNSON

- No fresh injuries for City, although Cauley Woodrow and Jonathan Leko are cup-tied

- Milan Djuric will have groin surgery before the game

- Johnson admits he is likely to name two or three development players on the bench

- On team selection, City's head coach admits he has decisions to make, with sentiment towards those who have featured in previous rounds only partly in his mind

- Johnson says it's difficult to predict the side Manchester United will name, but welcomes them picking a strong team

- City boss says players have the chance to be a hero and icon, like Brian Tinnion following his goal against Liverpool

- Johnson has stumped up for an expensive bottle of Portuguese wine for his opposite number

- The head coach hopes to get a chance to chat to Mourinho, but insists it will be business as usual in the technical area

- Johnson says: "If I was given a ticket to win either the United game or Saturday's match at QPR, I'd opt for the latter - but on Wednesday the super-competitive side of me wil take over."

- Boss says there's a buzz and excitement in the city about the game and the fans deserve this glamour tie

JOSH BROWNHILL

- Midfielder relishing the opportunity to face the team he spent time with as a youngster

- Brownhill says leaving United after ten years in their Academy was the best thing that happened in his career

- He reveals he's a Manchester City fan, grinning: "Obviously I'd enjoy beating United, but not just because I'm a Man City fan - this is a huge game for the club."

- Brownhill tells reporters that he is enjoying life at Ashton Gate

ADEN FLINT

- Defender says he's been a supporter of United for as long as he can remember

- Flint says he has no issue with United fielding their strongest possible team

- The big central defender says he welcomes Lee Johnson's recent revelation that he could throw Flint up front soon

- Flint looking forward to seeing Ashton Gate packed on Wednesday night

LUKE STEELE

- Goalkeeper says he hopes to face his former employers on Wednesday after featuring in previous Carabao Cup ties

- Steele admits he doesn't really see himself as "a former United player" after failing to feature in a single match for the club

- The custodian says he learnt so much from his four years at Old Trafford amongst some of the best players in the world

- Steele has no bad feelings about leaving and says it would be great to face them at Ashton Gate

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