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Pogba to miss derby as United decide not to appeal red card

Pogba was sent off for a dangerous challenge on Arsenal’s Hector Bellerín.

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PAUL POGBA WILL miss Manchester United’s next three Premier League games after the club decided not to appeal his suspension.

The midfielder was sent off in the 3-1 win over Arsenal for a stamp on Hector Bellerin, meaning he will be unavailable for next week’s derby game against Manchester City.

Pogba will still play in Tuesday’s Champions League game against CSKA Moscow, however, Jose Mourinho confirmed.

“He’s very happy to play tomorrow. It’s the next match, the match that matters. He plays tomorrow,” he said.

“Of course he’s maybe a bit tired and has only had a few days to recover, but he’s very happy and he’ll try to keep his momentum, because since he’s been back he’s been phenomenal.”

During a recent appearance on BBC’s Football Focus, Pogba said of league leaders Manchester City: “I hope – and it’s bad to say things like this – but I hope they will get some very important players injured like what happened with us,” bemoaning his own loss and that of a number of his fellow United standouts during what has regardless been their best start to a Premier League season since Alex Ferguson’s retirement.

“People don’t see this, don’t speak about this, but every time we have important players that get injured when there is important games.

“So if that starts happening with them as well maybe we’ll get a little difference. A little touch that makes them weaker.”

Asked about Pogba’s comments, Guardiola told reporters at his press conference following City’s 2-1 win over West Ham: “I’m sure he has not thought well what he said.

“I would like Paul to be able to play against us, because I like to face the teams with their best players to see if we can beat them.”

- Omni

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