It’s official, Paul Pogba will be banned for the Manchester derby, after United decide not to appeal his three-game ban, per Sky Sports News.
Pogba, 24, was involved in a tangle with Hector Bellerin, with the Frenchman seemingly planting his foot firmly into Bellerin’s legs. The incident resulted in a red card for the midfielder, who’ll now miss a few domestic games.
The big news is that he’ll miss the derby against Manchester City, he’ll also be unavailable to take on both Bournemouth and West Bromwich Albion – making all three of those fixtures a whole lot tougher.
It gives Jose Mourinho some big tactical decisions to make, particularly against Pep Guardiola’s league-leading side. This type of fixture is tough at the best of times, but to be without your best player may influence the manager into changing United’s setup.
Look, it’s done now and it’s time to move on. We’ll still have eleven players on the field come Sunday evening, and if our guys want it badly enough, I still think United will come out on top.
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) December 4, 2017