Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba says he is ‘very disappointed’ with the red card that has ruled him out of the Manchester derby on Sunday.
Pogba was given a straight red card for a challenge on Hector Bellerin of Arsenal and the incident has divided opinion, with some, including former United defender Clayton Blackmore, feeling the sending off was harsh. The French midfielder has spoken about his disappointment about missing the game and explained more about the tackle.
“We’re all playing football to play those kind of games and, unfortunately for me, I won’t play,” said Pogba. “That’s destiny. I say ‘destiny’ because I cannot go back in the past. You have to think about the future, the present, obviously, and then after it’s the future. I didn’t really speak after the game – I didn’t have time – but I think Hector, I know him as well, and I would never give him a tackle like this. Unfortunately for me, I thought he would put his feet in and he was in a position that was a disadvantage for me, so I did it. It looks very bad, but the intention wasn’t like that. They had the decision, the referee, got the red card and that’s football.”
Pogba believes that United can still win despite his absence. “I have complete trust in the team,” said Pogba. “Even if I’m not there, I’ll be there watching the game, giving positive energy, and hopefully we’re going to win.It’s a big derby and the atmosphere is going to be big. We want to win, we need to win as well.They need to win because they know that we are behind and we are closing and closing. We are still eight points behind, so with an eight-point gap we cannot win the league. We are still behind. But if I didn’t believe that (we can catch them), I’d stop playing football now. I’m very disappointed because I really want to help the team and wanted to be there for this derby.”