Jose Mourinho said he would keep his thoughts to himself regarding allegations levelled at Manchester City over alleged Financial Fair Play breaches.
German publication Der Spiegel has made a series of claims against Man Utd's cross-town rivals, insinuating that the club's owner had been using his own fortune to top up multi-million-pound sponsorship deals with Abi Dhabi companies.
Pep Guardiola claimed earlier on Tuesday that he knows nothing about it due to his focus being on his players and tactics as a manager, though eternal rival Mourinho admitted that he felt something might have been going on behind the scenes as City continue to spend big in the transfer market.
Clearly eager to move on, the Red Devils boss turned his attention to European matters, confirming that Romelu Lukaku will miss the Juve clash through injury before going on to discuss his team's slow starts in matches since the beginning of the season.
“Lukaku is injured for tomorrow and we do not know for Sunday,” Mourinho said.
“We work every day but the reality is that we don't start matches well, but if we don't start well and we end well, that's fine.
“It's good fun for the fans, but football is 90 minutes and especially when your opponent is strong, if you give them a 45 minute advantage, or even 20 or even 10, you have a mountain to climb.
“The good thing is that lately, apart from the Juventus match, we were strong enough to climb the mountain and change the match in the last few minutes.
“When you play against a super team, like tomorrow, if you give an advantage away, it’s difficult to climb the mountain.
“We work a lot on our defensive organization. I'm sure you're not going to say I do not work on that because you say the opposite!
"The reality is that we concede too many goals, and the way that we concede them shows our weaknesses. Weaknesses that sometimes you can hide, sometimes you can’t.
"It’s a big match to play tomorrow, they’re favourites to win the competition."
When quizzed on another hot topic, the European Super League, Mourinho was concise in his response:
"I'm not interested in that."