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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
1Manchester CityMan City86202131820
2Chelsea86201851320
3Liverpool86201531220
4Arsenal86021910918
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs8602157818
6Bournemouth85121612416
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves843196315
8Manchester UnitedMan Utd84131314-113
9Watford84131112-113
10Leicester CityLeicester84041412212
11Everton83321312112
12Burnley82241012-28
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton8224913-48
14Crystal Palace821559-47
15West Ham UnitedWest Ham8215813-57
16Southampton8125614-85
17Fulham8125921-125
18Huddersfield TownHuddersfield8035417-133
19Newcastle UnitedNewcastle8026613-72
20Cardiff CityCardiff8026417-132

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