Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
Sports | By Spencer Underwood

Manchester Derby: De Bruyne insists Pogba's absence not "karma"

Manchester Derby: De Bruyne insists Pogba's absence not

An impressive attack, coupled with a David de Gea masterclass, steered United to a 3-1 win over Arsenal in their last league outing but Gale feels Jose Mourinho's side will have to adopt a more cautious approach against the league leaders.

"I don't believe in that s**t, I'm a very straight forward guy".

After late victories against Huddersfield Town and Southampton, Silva scored with seven minutes on the clock for a City side who, in cantering to an eight-point lead, are showing all the hallmarks of champions-elect. "If someone believes it is karma then OK, everyone has their right to their opinion", he said via Goal.

"I'm telling the truth, he's injured but will play for sure".

And, speaking at a pre-match media conference in Ukraine, Toure - who also worked with Guardiola at Barcelona - said: "Our team is practising the best football in Europe but we want to play against the best teams to see where we are. It's a competition, you want to play against the best teams and the best players", the City talisman added. It was massive. They played 10 players inside the box, it was nearly impossible.

"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".

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De Bruyne would fit into that category of "some very important players", and he's responded to Pogba.

"United are one of the biggest clubs in the country".

Pogba, who is serving a three-match domestic ban after receiving a red card in the win over Arsenal, said United must be ruthless in front of goal if they are to record their first win in three league games over City. "But the teams have been playing closed, we have had difficulty finding the spaces there, because there are a lot of people in front of the box". They will be up for it and we will be up for it.

"Leroy [Sane] needed time to adapt a bit - to the way we play".

"If we lost two out of three and they win everything, they are there". We never change. We try to do the things that we are good at.

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