Paul Pogba’s suspension for the Manchester derby could be viewed as a boost for Manchester City, but that isn’t the way Kevin de Bruyne sees it.
Pogba was sent off in Manchester United’s win at Arsenal on Sunday and begins a three-game suspension when Manchester City arrive at Old Trafford for the derby this weekend.
The France international had previously said he hoped some of City’s key players picked up injuries in the title race but De Bruyne takes a different view.
The Belgium international insists he always wants to face the best players and as such is disappointed he won’t be lining up against Pogba this weekend, and rejected any notion the midfielder’s suspension is a result of karma.
“I don’t believe in that,” De Bruyne said, as reported by Sky Sports.
“I’m a very straightforward guy. If someone believes it is karma then OK. Everyone has their right to their opinion.
“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.”
City are 2.15 to claim a win at Old Trafford on Sunday and De Bruyne is 4.00 to score at anytime. A United win is 3.30 and a draw can be backed at 3.40.