The Man United talisman Paul Pogba went in studs showing on Hector Bellerin during their match on Saturday evening at The Emirates prompting the referee Andre Marriner to give him his marching orders with a straight red card.
This was an obvious dent in an otherwise brilliant individual performance from him where he laid on two goals, the first and third for his team scored by Valencia and Lingard respectively.
He had earlier granted an interview with BBC, where he dubiously stated his hope that some of Manchester City’s top stars would miss a few games through injury this season. This words came back to bite him as he will now miss the upcoming derby, as well as the visit of Bournemouth and the trip to West Brom before returning for their EFL cup quarter-final match away to Bristol City.
His absence will be a big blow to Man United as his recent return from a hamstring injury that saw him miss 12 games coincided with his team’s recent 4 game winning streak.
United generally play better with Pogba in the team as their record of 7 wins and 1 draw in the league with him in the team shows and 4 wins from 7 when he is not which includes defeats to Huddersfield and Chelsea and a draw away at Liverpool. Before the ban he will probably play a part in their midweek Champions league match against CSKA Moscow.
With this development, it is advantage Manchester City in the derby next weekend.