Paul Pogba speaks of his positive mentality, helping his teammates win the derby and that challenge on Hector Bellerin

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba is not going to dwell his three-match suspension after his red card in the 3-1 victory over Arsenal on Sunday. The suspension rules him out of the Manchester derby, the most important fixture of the season so far, also seeing the Frenchman miss out on hosting Bournemouth at the Theatre of Dreams and the away trip to West Bromwich Albion. Pogba will instead be channeling his energy over to his teammates.on the red card that rules him out of Sunday’s top-of-the-table derby with Manchester City as he channels his energy into supporting his Manchester United team-mates.

The foul on Hector Bellerin was the reason for the red card. Many don’t view the foul as deliberate, but the player, club or manager proving that would be hard, so no appeal was made and the player will commence his suspension immediately. Pogba was, however, eligible to face CSKA Moscow in the final group stage match in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday evening, helping his side win 2-1, from behind, assisting Romelu Lukaku in the goal which ended his recent goal drought.on the red card that rules him out of Sunday’s top-of-the-table derby with Manchester City as he channels his energy into supporting his Manchester United team-mates.

Pogba believes that his positive mentality can still help his teammates in the dressing room ahead of the match and at halftime if it is needed. United, fresh from matching a record which had stood for over 50 years, being undefeated at Old Trafford for a run of 40 matches, the derby seemingly the 41st, will boost the club ahead of the clash. City had not lost in 28 matches before their 2-1 defeat to Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League, which clears the slate at the weekend, hopefully giving them a run of two successive defeats instead. Pogba, speaking to the official Manchester United website, said:

“United against City has always been a big, big derby. One city, two clubs. You know how it is, so I won’t tell you what’s going to happen.

“It’s going to be a big atmosphere in the stadium and a big game with a big team and big players, so that’s the game you want to play.

“Unfortunately, I won’t play, but I’ll be there to help the team mentally. To win those games, you need to give everything. You need to be there offensively and defensively.

“You need to kill the game when you have one chance because they are City and they have quality as well up front and they can kill the game at any time.

“They’re first for good reason, because they’ve been doing great at the start of the season. They keep winning, they didn’t lose one game and obviously, mentally, they’re very strong. We need to be as good as they are, mentally. 

“Mentally, I need to be there to boost the team and, hopefully, it will help. I have complete trust in the team. Even if I’m not there, I’ll be there watching the game, giving positive energy and, hopefully, we’re going to win.”

Pogba expressed his and his sides want for a victory, especially with City currently eight points ahead of United in the Premier League, which has been reduced to five points a few times by United, with City extending it back to eight. United look to challenge for the Premier League title this season, which is on after a good start, but beating City will help that become a reality. Many pundits, journalists and City supporters feel the league has already been won, which after only 15 matches in the league is pathetic to suggest, especially after United wrestled a bigger deficit from Newcastle United in the 1990’s. Pogba continued by saying:

“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 win it], I’d stop playing football now.” 

United £89 million signing also spoke about the challenge on Bellerin which forced Andre Marriner to show a straight red card to the Frenchman, who applauded when walking off the pitch. The Frenchman confirmed that he did not really say anything after the match as he had no time but stated that he would never make a challenge like this to cause harm to a player. He explained why he went in like he did and the circumstances which made the challenge look worse than it actually was. Pogba concluded by saying:

“I didn’t really speak after the game as I didn’t have time. But I know Hector 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. I’m very disappointed because I really want to help the team and wanted to be there for this derby.

“We’re all playing football to play in those kind of games and, unfortunately for me, I won’t play. 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.” 

United will be seeking a victory over City, reducing the deficit to five points again with another derby to play later in the season. An eight-point lead is something which can be reduced 23 matches, so the suggestion that City have already won the title is preposterous.

One defeat could spring a few more in quick succession for Pep Guardiola’s side, so you should never bank on things going as you suggest, especially when some people are saying the season is over as City sit eight points ahead of United. It will be over when there is no mathematical way of a team toppling the team at the top, or on the last day of the season if it is that close, not before.

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