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EPL: Pep Guardiola sad to see Paul Pogba miss Manchester derby

Pogba was sent off for a studs-first tackle on Hector Bellerin in United's 3-1 win over Arsenal on Saturday.

Reported by: AP , London [ Published on: December 04, 2017 14:20 IST ]
Image Source : AP Jose Mourinho talks with Manchester United's Paul Pogba during the English Premier League match between Arsenal and Manchester United

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola was sad to see Paul Pogba get a red card that will cause the Manchester United midfielder to miss the top-of-the-table derby match next weekend. Guardiola said, "I would like that Paul could play (because) I like to face the team with the best players as possible, to see if (we are) able to beat them."

Pogba was sent off for a studs-first tackle on Hector Bellerin in United's 3-1 win over Arsenal on Saturday. It will earn the France international a three-match ban and leave United without possibly its key player for its biggest game of the season.

Hours before the Arsenal game, a TV interview with Pogba was broadcast in which he said he hoped City — the Premier League leader by eight points — "will get some very important players injured" this season.

Asked for his thoughts, Guardiola said Sunday: "Did he say that? I think, in the end, it was an expression. I am pretty sure he doesn't want other players to get injured."

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