07 Dec, 12:00
Suspended Paul Pogba has insisted to his colleagues and coach Jose Mourinho that it is important for Manchester United to go on the attack in their Sunday’s league derby against rivals Manchester City.
Pep Guardiola’s Premier League pace setters currently enjoy an eight point lead at the top of the table on the back of a record equaling 13-game winning run, ahead of their trip to Old Trafford this weekend. City’s task has been made somewhat easier by the suspension Pogba incurred following his sending-off against Arsenal last weekend for a dangerous tackle on Hector Bellerin.
Mourinho has been accused of employing negative and defensive tactics against the best teams in the league, and although his attacking options will be restricted in light of Pogba’s absence, the France international believes the key to inflicting a first defeat on City this season is to target their rearguard.
-Kill the game when you have one chance because they are City and they have quality as well in front and they can kill the game at any time. ‘They are first for good reason because they have been doing great at the start of the season. ‘They keep winning and they didn’t lose one game and obviously mentally they are very strong, Pogba said.
The Red Devils will be without star midfielder Paul Pogba after he went sent off during the 3-1 win against Arsenal at the weekend. The Frenchman was served with a three-match suspension for standing on the back of Hector Bellerin’s leg and United yesterday decided not to appeal the decision.
It means that Jose Mourinho must now try to find a way to patch his side up before they host the Premier League leaders.