Published: Fri, December 08, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Why are Manchester United so much worse without Paul Pogba?

Why are Manchester United so much worse without Paul Pogba?

United's chances of gaining ground on Man City were dealt a huge blow when Pogba was sent off for his foul on Hector Bellerin against Arsenal last weekend.

Saturday's clash between Arsenal and Man Utd confirmed two things- the Red Devils are still in the title race and Paul Pogba will miss the Manchester Derby. Following his red card against the Gunners, the France global has been handed a three match ban, which sees him miss out on the hugely anticipated Manchester derby, as well as games against both Bournemouth and West Brom. Victory would also see Pep Guardiola's team open up an 11-point gap at the top of the table.

Pogba himself has said he trusts his teammates to pull off a win against City.

"But there's not many because of the squad City have, especially in the offensive areas".

"The people around the club, when we start to win a lot of games, they start to say a lot of things and it's not good", he added. We need to be 100 per cent ready and focused to do our best and try to win the game'.

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"We need to [attack]", he said.

"So if you have to choose a moment to lose then this would be the right one". There will still be a long way to go'.

"The team is in a good moment, we won two hard away games so we have confidence and we know we play an important game".

United have an embarrassment of numbers in the role behind Romelu Lukaku (who just gets the nod on account of Zlatan Ibrahimovic being yet to score since his return) and while Jose Mourinho struggles with who to pick from Rashford and Martial, we have no such issue so we can pick them both.

Eight points now separate the two sides at the top of the Premier League with City yet to taste defeat in the English top-flight, but United will be boosted as City's 27-game unbeaten run came to an end on Wednesday with Shakhtar Donetsk defeating them 2-1 to secure their own passage into the European knockout stages.

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