Virtual Football League
Football is always in action. Now you can bet on Virtual Football League
Virtual Horse Classics
Bet on a virtual horse classics. Choose your favorite and win!

Paul Pogba trusts Manchester United to perform against Manchester City without him Featured

Written by 
Published in England Premier League
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 12:06

Paul Pogba is optimistic that Manchester United can beat rivals Manchester City this weekend despite his suspension.

Pogba believes that United can take three points at Old Trafford, and highlighted the importance of three points:
“I have complete trust in the team. Even if I'm not there, I'll be there watching the game, giving positive energy, and hopefully we're going to win.

“It's a big derby and the atmosphere is going to be big. We want to win, we need to win as well.

“They need to win because they know that we are behind and we are closing and closing.

“We are still eight points behind, so with an eight-point gap we cannot win the league. We are still behind.

“But if I didn't believe that, I'd stop playing football now."
While Pogba remains hopeful, he has acknowledged that he is upset to be missing out on such a big game, however he is not dwelling on his red card:

“I'm very disappointed because I really want to help the team and wanted to be there for this derby.

“We're all playing football to play those kind of games and, unfortunately for me, I won't play. That's destiny.

“I say 'destiny' because I cannot go back in the past. You have to think about the future, the present, obviously, and then after it's the future."
Pogba denied there was any malice in the challenge that saw him sent off, saying that the tackle looked worse than was intended:

“I didn't really speak after the game - I didn't have time - but I think Hector, I know him as well, and I would never give him a tackle like this.

“Unfortunately for me, I thought he would put his feet in and he was in a position that was a disadvantage for me, so I did it.

“It looks very bad, but the intention wasn't like that. They had the decision, the referee, got the red card and that's football.”
The French international knows that the game with be a heated affair with the city rivalry:

“United against City has always been a big, big derby.

“One city, two clubs. You know how it is, so I won't tell you what's going to happen.

“It's going to be a big atmosphere in the stadium and a big game with a big team and big players, so that's the game you want to play.

“Unfortunately I won't play, but I'll be there to help the team mentally.”
He also believes that United will have to be fully committed for the game, and show the same attacking ruthlessness that they demonstrated in the opening minutes against Arsenal:

“We need to. To win those games you need to give everything. You need to be there offensively, defensively.

“You need to kill the game when you have one chance, because they are City and they have quality as well in front and they can kill the game at any time.

“They're first for good reason, because they've been doing great at the start of the season.

“They keep winning, they didn't lose one game and obviously mentally they're very strong. We need to be as good as they are, mentally.

“Mentally I need to be there to boost the team and hopefully it will help.”

Read 14 times

Related items

  • David Silva will play Manchester Derby says Pep Guardiola

    Manchester City's Spanish playmaker David Silva is fit and will play in Sunday's derby against Manchester United at Old Trafford, City manager Pep Guardiola said on Friday.

    Guardiola had suggested that Silva was doubtful for the game after he had reported feeling "uncomfortable" following his match-winning 83rd-minute goal against West Ham at the Etihad last weekend.
    "He's going to play. He's going to play - after the game he had a bit of doubt that's why I said it but today he arrived and said he's really good so he's going to play," Guardiola told reporters.

    Silva did not travel with the City squad to Ukraine for their final Champions League group match against Shakhtar Donetsk.
    However, the City manager will have to wait until training on Saturday before deciding on whether centre-half Vincent Kompany and left back Fabian Delph are ready to face Jose Mourinho's side.

    "Kompany, before the game against Shakhtar, felt something, was not comfortable and couldn't play. Delph was sick, vomited and had fever the day before. Today they are off so I don't know but tomorrow we will check how the conditions are," Guardiola said.

  • Kevin De Bruyne would prefer to face Paul Pogba in Manchester derby

    Manchester City player Kevin De Bruyne has responded to Paul Pogba's wish that he hopes for City players to be injured by saying Karma is, "s***."

    Pogba had said in a recent interview of City: "Some day I hope they are going to slip and I hope, and I know that it’s bad to say things like that, but I hope for us that some very important players get injured.”
    This led to some citing the effect of karma on Pogba when he was sent off on Saturday evening against Arsenal for an ugly foul on defender Hector Bellerin.

    De Bruyne, however, rejected the notion of karma, which is a spiritual principle of cause and effect, part of religions including Hindusim, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism and Taoism.

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

    “If someone believes it is karma then OK - everyone has their right to their opinion.

    “I don’t want anyone to get injured. It’s a competition, you want to play against the best teams and the best players.”
    De Bruyne shrugged off Pogba's comments, and while acknowledging his talent, did not speculate on what affect his absence would have on United's approach:

    “I don’t care. He can say whatever he wants. We just have to be focused on whatever we’re doing.

    “It depends what they want to do.

    “He’s a massive player - I know him a little bit, and he’s unbelievable.

    “He took a red card and that’s the way it goes. You have injuries and suspensions.”

  • Jesse Lingard strikes twice as Manchester United beat Arsenal, Pogba sent off for horror tackle

    Premier League, Emirates Stadium - Arsenal 1 (Lacazette 49') Manchester United 3 (Valencia 4', Lingard 11', 63')

    Manchester United produced a counter-attacking masterclass to beat Arsenal in a match full of chances and controversies.
    The Gunners started strong and dominated possession in the opening movements, but were caught out after just four minutes when Laurent Koscielny’s poor cross-field pass was pounced upon by Antonio Valencia. The Ecuadorian drilled the ball through Petr Cech's legs after a smart one-two with Paul Pogba.
    United doubled their lead when another defensive error saw Shkodran Mustafi needlessly give possession to Jesse Lingard. The England forward slotted home after a superb flicked assist from Anthony Martial.

    Mourinho’s men sat back on their lead and invited wave after wave of Arsenal pressure. Aaron Ramsey and Alexandre Lacazette came close to reducing the deficit, while a Romelu Lukaku clearance from an Alexis free-kick was only kept out by a wonderful David De Sea save.

    Lacazette brought the home side back into the game shortly after half-time, blasting in a close-range shot after Aaron Ramsey cleverly beat the United offside trap.
    Ten minutes later, Arsenal had a golden chance to draw level, but Lacazette and Alexis were denied by a stunning double save from De Gea. The Spaniard put in a world-class performance, producing 14 saves in total.

    Just past the hour mark, Lingard put the game beyond reach with his third goal in two games, capitalising on some fantastic build-up work from Pogba.

    The Frenchman put in an exquisite shift, but blotted his copybook with around 15 minutes to go when his cynical studs-up challenge on Hector Bellerin earned a straight red card.
    Pogba will now miss the Manchester derby next weekend.

    TALKING POINT: Can Manchester United offer a title challenge to their noisy neighbours?

    Mourinho’s men are now just five points behind their local rivals, who face West Ham tomorrow, and play them next weekend. Will this title race run closer than is currently expected? That match will reveal so much – will City buckle under the pressure or potentially go 11 points clear? Can United perform without Pogba?

    MAN OF THE MATCH: David De Gea

    The Spaniard made 14 saves in this game – a joint record for a Premier League match. Without him between the sticks, it is likely Arsenal would have gained a meaningful result.

    Arsenal: Cech 6, Koscielny 6, Mustafi 4, Monreal 6, Bellerin 6, Ramsey 7, Xhaka 7, Kolasinac 5, Ozil 7, Sanchez 6, Lacazette 6. Subs: Iwobi 7, Welbeck 6, Giroud 6.

    Manchester United: De Gea 9, Valencia 8, Lindelof 6, Smalling 8, Rojo 7, Young 8, Matic 8, Pogba 8, Lingard 8, Martial 8, Lukaku 5. Subs: Darmian 6, Herrera 6, Rashford 6.


    4 - GOAL! That came from nowhere! Antonio Valencia dispossesses Kolasinac after a poor pass from Koscielny. He plays a one-two with Pogba on the edge of the area and drills a low shot past Petr Cech.

    11 - GOAL! Another goal from another defensive mistake. Mustafi gives up possession to Lingard, who picks out Lukaku. The striker passes to Martial on the edge of the area, and he beautifully puts the ball in Lingard's path. Lingard sidefoots it past Cech.

    42 - CHANCE: Ramsey has a golden chance to pull one back with a shot from eight yards but it deflects for yet another corner!
    45+2’ - Alexis floats in a free kick and Lukaku's clearance has to be saved by De Gea! Lacazette has a few chances to get a shot off in the scramble in the area, but United escape the danger!

    49 - GOAL! Alexis picks out Ramsey with a superb cross into the area. The Welshman beats the offside trap and chests down to Lacazette. The Frenchman expects to see a flag up but he rifles it into the roof of the net!

    63 - GOAL! Arsenal fall foul to another United break! Lingard breaks and finds Pogba on the right. Pogba does brilliantly to beat two men on the right side of the area, then picks out Lingard for a tap-in to an open goal.

    74 - RED CARD! Pogba is in trouble for fouling Bellerin on his way into the area. And it's a straight red!

    Manchester United secured back-to-back away wins for the first time since April.

    Jose Mourinho has only lost two of eighteen encounters with Arsene Wenger (W9, D7).

    Arsenal have won four of their last six Saturday evening kick-offs. Both losses were to Manchester United.

  • Jose Mourinho: Henrikh Mkhitaryan has to do more at Manchester United

    Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has warned under-performing Henrikh Mkhitaryan to cut out the "disappearing" acts.

    The 28-year-old has had a fair share of highs and lows since last year's big-money switch from Borussia Dortmund, with the attacking midfielder currently going through a challenging period.
    Last season he recovered from an inauspicious start to play a key role in United's Europa League triumph, but this term a promising start to the campaign has markedly tapered off.

    That drop-off led Mourinho to omit him from the last two matchday squads and the Portuguese wants a reaction as he prepares to bring the Armenian back into the fold in Saturday's Premier League clash against Brighton.
    "I was not happy with his last performances," the United boss said. "I'm not speaking about one or two, I'm speaking about three, four or five.

    "He started the season very well and after that step by step he was disappearing.

    "His performance levels in terms of goal scoring and assists, high pressing, recovering the ball high up the pitch, bringing the team with him as a number 10, were decreasing step by step.

    "That was enough because the others worked to have a chance. Everybody works to have a chance. It's as simple as that."
    Hard work on the training ground can only go so far, though, as it is not the "best habitat to analyse the players" when there are so many games.

    "I would say on the pitch - pitch, match, and sometimes in a couple of minutes you see things," Mourinho said.

    "You don't need sometimes to play 40, 50, 60 minutes for the coach to have feelings and have data to analyse.

    "So I would say it's on the pitch, especially on the pitch. Tell me on the pitch what you want to do the next match."
    Mourinho certainly will not shy from telling his players what to do, especially after slipping back into old habits as a lack of cutting edge saw them lose a match in Basel they dominated.

    The 1-0 midweek loss does not seriously hamper their chances of Champions League progress, but underlines why his exciting attacking options cannot be considered the best he has had.

    "No, because a team that plays the way we play so many times, I think we should score more goals than we do," he said.

    "The team that excites more is the team that after five chances is winning 4-0. That's a team that excites more. I think they give what they can. I cannot complain about the dedication or the motivation. They all try to give their best.

    "I think we had an improvement with (Anthony) Martial. He's scoring more goals than last season. That's why he is playing more. He has more minutes on the pitch.

    "The other players are what they are. They have different kinds of qualities. Sometimes they produce a lot, and we have lots of chances and we don't score enough.

    "The reality is that in the Premier League by not scoring enough we are still, I think, the second or third team with the most goals scored. So not dramatic."

  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic returns as United trounce Newcastle

    Premier League, Old Trafford - Manchester United 4 Newcastle United 1

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic came off the bench for his first appearance since April as Manchester United hit back to complete a 4-1 win over Newcastle at Old Trafford.

    United had trailed to Dwight Gayle's 14th minute opener, but goals from Anthony Martial (37'), Chris Smalling (45+1'), Paul Pogba (54') and Romelu Lukaku (70') helped United to remain eight points behind leaders Manchester City, who won 2-0 at Leicester City earlier in the day.

    The home side looked ponderous and disorganised in the first half of an entertaining affair, with the visitors threatening during several fast-paced breaks.
    Gayle scored his first goal of the season with an inch-perfect tap-in after fourteen minutes, benefiting from excellent service from Deandre Yedlin - and some questionable defending. Victor Lindelof was particularly liable, slipping to give Gayle time and space.

    It was the first goal United had conceded at home this season, and the first time David De Gea’s net had been breached from open play at Old Trafford since New Year's Eve 2016.

    Manchester United found their equaliser when the retuning Pogba floated a wonderful cross onto the head of Martial: the French forward vindicated Jose Mourinho’s decision to start him with his fifth goal of the season.
    The home side went ahead from another cross: this time it was Ashley Young who assisted Chris Smalling just before the break.

    United were much improved in the second half, extending their lead through a well-created counter attack. Inside the box, Lukaku chipped the ball to Rashford, who in turn headed down directly into the path of an oncoming Paul Pogba, for a simple tap-in.

    Lukaku ended his seven-game goal drought after a one-two with Nemanja Matic put him in plenty of space in the box.
    Late substitute Zlatan Ibrahimovic - playing for the first time since rupturing his ACL seven months ago - nearly made it five for the home side with a typically athletic scissor kick, which Rob Elliot tipped wide.

    Newcastle occasionally threatened to earn a consolation - Jonjo Shelvey came close with a strike form distance - but United fully retained control in the second half.
    The win moved Mourinho’s side into second place in the league, eight points behind Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.

    TALKING POINT: Are Manchester United back in the title race?

    The win launched Mourinho's side into second place once again. Will they be the closest competitor for City in this campaign? Will the race be close? It looks a difficult road back, but at least they have Zlatan back on board.
    MAN OF THE MATCH: Paul Pogba

    After missing seven league games through injury, Pogba was sublime upon his return. His movement was excellent and some of his passes were stunning. Quite simply, he makes this team tick.


    Manchester United: De Gea 7, Valencia 7, Lindelof 5, Smalling 7, Young 8, Matic 7, Pogba 9, Mata 8, Rashford 7, Martial 8, Lukaku 7. Subs: Fellaini 6, Herrera 6, Ibrahimovic 6.

    Newcastle: Elliot 6, Yedlin 7, Lejeune 6, Clark 6, Manquillo 6, Ritchie 7, Hayden 6, Shelvey 7, Murphy 6, Joselu 7, Gayle 7. Subs: Diame 5, Aarons 6, Mitrovic 6.

    14 - GOAL: Newcastle break down the right and Yedlin cuts the ball back to Dwight Gayle perfectly. Gayle taps it in off the post!

    37 - GOAL: Pogba beats his man on the flank and floats in a beautiful cross from the edge of the box and Martial puts his head on it!

    45+2’ - GOAL: Young swings a cross to the back post and Chris Smalling rises majestically! Elliot has no chance to reach the header.

    45+3’ - Newcastle have a brace of great chances to equalise! Ritchie sees a point-blank shot saved by De Gea and Gayle puts the rebound wide!

    54 - GOAL: A brilliantly created counter attack goal. Lukaku charges into the left side of the box and picks out Rashford in the air. Rashford dinks the ball into the path of Pogba, who has a very easy tap-in to finish the job.

    70 - GOAL: Lukaku's drought is over! As are Newcastle's chances of getting a point! Lukaku charges in from the left, plays a one-two with Mata and has plenty of time to fire into the net from around six yards.


    Manchester United have won 23 and lost only one of their last 33 home league matches against Newcastle.

    Manchester United conceded at home for the first time this season, and the first time at home from open play since New Years Day 2016.

    Rafa Benitez has won five and lost sic encounters with Jose Mourinho.

Leave a comment


African Football

Football Transfers

Djilibodji is loaned to Dijon

Djilibodji is loaned to Dijon

French side Dijon have completed the signing of defender Papy Djilibodji on loan from Sunderland. T...

Virtual Football League
Football is always in action. Now you can bet on Virtual Football League

Sponsored Links

Virtual Football League
Football is always in action. Now you can bet on Virtual Football League

Like Us On Facebook

Formula 1


    Connect With Us

    Contact Us

    Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Our Sponsors