Comments made by Paul Pogba last week saw many hail his subsequent red card against Arsenal as ‘karma’.
With Manchester City still eight points clear of derby rivals United ahead of their critical match this weekend, it’s natural that the red half of the city are looking for every advantage possible to keep them in the title race.
United midfielder Paul Pogba eschewed sportsmanship in a BBC interview though, admitting that he hoped some of City’s key players would get injured.
“Some day I hope they are going to slip,” Pogba said, “and I hope – and I know that it’s bad to say things like that – but I hope for us that some very important players get injured.”
Of course, Pogba received a straight red for a challenge on Hector Bellerin last Saturday, and will therefore miss the all-important Manchester derby, much to the delight of both City fans and those who took issue with his injury remarks.
City superstar Kevin De Bruyne isn’t one of those, however. Asked if Pogba’s ban was karma, the Belgian didn’t twist the knife.
“I don’t believe in that shit,” he said via The Telegraph. “I’m a very straight forward guy. If someone believes it is karma then OK.”
“Everyone has their right to their opinion. I don’t want anyone to get injured. You want to play against the best teams and the best players. He can say whatever he wants.
I don’t care. We just have to be focused on whatever we’re doing.”
As for the impact that his absence will have on the encounter, De Bruyne recognises that United have lost an influential player.
“It depends what they want to do. He’s a massive player. I know him a little bit. He’s unbelievable.”
A win for Pep Guardiola’s side would put them eleven points ahead of the entire Premier League three games before the halfway stage.