Manchester United will host table toppers Manchester City in the forthcoming English Premier League (EPL) tie. Obviously there are certain advantages to playing Fellaini but he can inhibit United's style of play so some supporters may have preferred the more technical Herrera to get the nod tomorrow.
Fellaini, meanwhile, has been trying to shake off a knee problem, but the game has come too soon for Eric Bailly and Michael Carrick, who remain sidelined. "(Nemanja) Matic is injured but he plays".
"For me, it's one more big match against one of the best teams in the country".
Mourinho was reluctant to try and predict how the game would go, with many believing that United will be cautious and look to hit City on the break.
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Asked by reporters about Sunday's clash, Mourinho said: "I know that a derby is something special for the people".
"For us, in the end, it's three points but honestly, I think for the people born in the city and feeling the colours, it's a good positive rivalry and a special match".
Fellaini has been forced to miss the last four games but Mourinho confirmed at his pre-match press conference yesterday that the midfielder was set for a return to action this weekend after training all week. "We are a better team than a year ago - I think City is also better than last season", the United boss explained as he faced the media on Friday afternoon. 'You can try, me as a manager, I can try to define a game plan, to work in a direction but football is unpredictable.
'I think it will be easy for (Vincent) Kompany to compete against (Juan) Mata in the air, ' he said sarcastically.