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Kevin De Bruyne disappointed not to face suspended Paul Pogba

De Bruyne disappointed not to face Pogba
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Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne says that he would rather face Manchester United at full strength, with key man Paul Pogba missing out through suspension.

Kevin De Bruyne has described Paul Pogba as "an unbelievable" player and admits that he is disappointed the Manchester United midfielder will play no part in next weekend's meeting against Manchester City.

Pogba will sit out the first Manchester derby of the campaign due to a three-match domestic ban after being shown a red card in the 3-1 win over Arsenal.

United decided against appealing the decision, meaning that the France international will also sit out the upcoming league games against Bournemouth and West Bromwich Albion.

Ironically, Pogba confessed prior to his suspension that he hoped to see City's big-name players sit the match out through injury, but De Bruyne insists that he would rather take on opponents United at full strength.

"I'm a very straightforward guy. If someone believes it is karma then OK. Everyone has their right to their opinion," he told reporters. "I don't want anyone to get injured. It's a competition, you want to play against the best teams and the best players.

"I don't care [what he says]. He can say whatever he wants. We just have to be focused on whatever we're doing. He's a massive player. I know him a little bit. He's unbelievable. He took a red card and that's the way it goes - you have injuries and suspensions."

United trail unbeaten league leaders City by eight points heading into Sunday afternoon's meeting at Old Trafford.


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Kevin De Bruyne in action during the Premier League game between Manchester City and West Ham United on December 3, 2017
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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool1613303462842
2Manchester CityMan City1613214593641
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs16120430161436
4Chelsea16104233132034
5Arsenal16104235201534
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd167542826226
7Everton166642319424
8Bournemouth167272526-123
9Leicester CityLeicester166462120122
10Wolverhampton WanderersWolves166461719-222
11West Ham UnitedWest Ham166372325-221
12Watford166372023-321
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton166371922-321
14Cardiff CityCardiff1642101530-1514
15Newcastle UnitedNewcastle163491322-913
16Crystal Palace1633101323-1012
17Burnley1633101532-1712
18Huddersfield TownHuddersfield1624101027-1710
19Southampton161691330-179
20Fulham1623111640-249

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