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Paul Pogba's ban may be extended for behaviour after red card

05 Décembre 2017

De Bruyne, who is suspended for the Shakhtar trip, said: "Our winning run is phenomenal and gives us a good advantage but we have a big week with Swansea and Tottenham following the United game". "I think it is still flowing but it just looks harder than it was in the beginning of the season. He always sets up for the opposition so he'll be well aware of Silva and De Bruyne and how he can try and stop them next week so it's a big miss really because that could have been a big head-to-head for the midfield players".

With opposition managers looking to frustrate them, are the Catalan and his staff working on combatting it during training sessions? Where's the space? The space is behind us. "You're leading 3-1, you're protecting a lead and you understand the importance of the game and I think it's affected his approach to the tackle".

"In the end, we are trying to play the same".

And Nicolas Otamendi, rightly, says it's Manchester City's job to find a way to beat these tactics: "The last matches were similar".

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     Paul Pogba will miss the Manchester derby after seeing red in the win over Arsenal
GETTY Paul Pogba will miss the Manchester derby after seeing red in the win over Arsenal

What may work in Pogba's favour is the fact that he was walking away from the official when he began clapping so he may counter by claiming that he was aiming his applause in the direction of the travelling United supporters, rather than at Marriner.

As for the impact that his absence will have on the encounter, De Bruyne recognises that United have lost an influential player.

However Mourinho was very critical of how the Arsenal players behaved saying "I know the pitch is awesome and maybe breeds a desire to go to the floor, if it was hard, no; if it was mud, no, the pitch is absolutely handsome but I think they were a bit too much. They wouldn't come out for the game, they came for the counterattack only".

"At the moment we are on an up".

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Paul Pogba's ban may be extended for behaviour after red card