The France midfielder says there was once no malice his problem on Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin that earned him the red card and three-game ban that laws him out of Sunday’s eagerly-awaited showdown between the Premier League’s most sensible two.
But he admits the take on appeared worse than it in reality was once as a result of Bellerin didn’t keep on his ft within the problem however caught out his leg as Pogba over-stretched.
Speaking for the primary time concerning the arguable incident following Manchester United’s Champions League win over CSKA Moscow, Pogba stated: “I do know Hector and I’d by no means give him a take on like this.
“Unfortunately for me I believed he would put his ft [into the tackle] and he was once in a place that was once a drawback for me.
“It seems very unhealthy however the goal wasn’t like that. The referee gave me the red card and that’s soccer.
“I am very upset to omit the derby as a result of if you end up in soccer you actually need to play in those video games.
“I actually need to lend a hand the group and sought after to be there as a result of clearly we’re enjoying City and on this second we want issues and we wish to win. It’s a very powerful second, a very powerful recreation so, like I say, I’m upset.
“Unfortunately for me I may not play. That’s future. I say future as a result of I can’t return previously. You must take into consideration the long run, the prevailing, clearly, after which after it is the long term.”
Pogba’s absence might be a massive blow for Jose Mourinho’s group. Their shape dipped when he neglected two months with a torn hamstring previous this season. Since he returned to the group they’ve received 5 out of six suits and scored 14 objectives.
But Pogba believes United can nonetheless emerge triumphant from what’s a ‘must-win’ recreation for them if they’re to have nay hope of reeling in unbeaten City’s eight-point lead.
He added: “I’ve whole believe within the group. Even if I’m really not there, I will be able to be there gazing the sport giving certain power and optimistically we’re going to win. Mentally, I wish to be there to spice up the group and optimistically it’s going to lend a hand.”
Pogba says it was once essential United persisted their momentum heading into the derby with the 2-1 win over CSKA that secured most sensible spot of their Champions League team.
“It was once vital to move thru within the Champions League,” he said. “Obviously we want the certain power for Sunday in opposition to City so it was once a case of stay successful, stay feeling this. We’ve achieved it so we’re glad.
“Can we catch them? If I do not consider we will I prevent enjoying soccer now.
“It’s a large derby and the ambience goes to be large. We need to win and we wish to win as smartly. They wish to win as a result of they know that we’re at the back of and we’re ultimate and shutting.
“Manchester City in opposition to Manchester United has at all times been a large, large derby. One town, two golf equipment. You know the way it’s so I may not inform you what’s going to occur.
“It’s going to be a large surroundings within the stadium and a large recreation with a large group and massive avid gamers so that is the recreation you need to play. Unfortunately I may not play however I will be able to be there to lend a hand the group mentally.”
Something has to provide on Sunday as a result of United have received all 11 house video games in 3 other competitions this season whilst City have received all 10 of their away suits.
Mourinho has steadily been criticised for a wary means when going through identify opponents previously however Pogba says United should assault City.
“We need to,” he stated. “To win the ones recreation you wish to have to provide the whole lot. You wish to be there offensively and defensively. Kill the sport in case you have one probability as a result of they’re City and they’ve high quality as smartly in entrance and they are able to kill the sport at any time.
“They are first for just right reason why as a result of they’ve been doing nice in the beginning of the season. They stay successful, they haven’t misplaced one recreation, and clearly mentally they’re very robust. We wish to be as just right as they’re mentally.”
Pogba was once thrilled that Romelu Lukaku ended a barren run with the primary objective in opposition to CSKA – it was once simplest the second one time the Belgium striker has discovered the online in 13 appearances. Another certain for United was once that Marcus Rashford scored for the primary time in 10 appearances.
“For a striker to attain a objective, it provides him certain power as smartly,” said Pogba. “He [Lukaku] wanted this. He merits it as a result of he is been running very laborious for the group. We know the way vital he’s for us and we’re going to want him for the derby.”