To take the next step, a win in this game is absolutely crucial and I've had a feeling all week that Mourinho might just get what he and all the other title hopefuls want.
And on who will win the derby, he said,"I've a sneaking fancy for Man United at the weekend" as they will "ask questions of the defence" and feels the perception of Jose Mourinho as a park-the-bus merchant is "exaggerated" and that it is more a case that he can coach a team to defend effectively.
City are the Premier League's top scorers so far this season with 46 and head into Sunday's derby at Old Trafford with an eight-point lead at the top of the table.
The arrival in Manchester of the two pre-eminent managers of the age stoked the embers of a bitter personal rivalry that had crackled with blistering intensity during the two years they spent in opposing camps in Spain.
Mata previously worked with Mourinho at London club Chelsea but the two couldn't see eye to eye and he was sold to David Moyes' United.
They could choose to return to the United States, where they played three matches this summer, or remain in Europe.
"I'm looking forward to this derby because it will be interesting because it is a different Man City now and a different Man United".
Since Mourinho followed him to Manchester in the summer of 2016, the speculation surrounding the future of the Spaniard has always suggested he will be once again sold by the Portuguese.
Having won their last 13 league games, they can set a new mark for successive wins within an English top-flight campaign if they prevail on Sunday.
Kanchelskis - who played for both clubs during his playing career - feels Jose Mourinho's side simply can not afford to lose further ground in their bid to be crowned champions for the first time since 2013.
"It [the derby] is important for both teams".
"And secondly, that I wanted to show what I could bring to the team, to prove myself".
It landed him with a three-game suspension, which begins this weekend.
One of the more weird aspects of Manchester City's unbeaten start to the Premier League is the fact that Everton, one of the big disappointments this season, is the only team to take points off Pep Guardiola's runaway leaders after a 1-1 draw at Etihad Stadium in August.