Will Paul Pogba’s Absence Be Key Against Manchester City?
Paul Pogba has already spent a large chunk of the Premier League season on the sidelines following an injury which has restricted him to just eight starts in the top flight this campaign. Manchester United saw their star midfielder dismissed against Arsenal and as a result, he will be forced to miss his side’s crucial derby against rivals Manchester City. Despite his absence, he admits he has ‘complete trust’ in his teammates as they aim to end Pep Guardiola’s side unbeaten start to the campaign.
Jose Mourinho’s men have won each of their first seven games at Old Trafford and will be characteristically tough to break down. Despite Pogba’s dismissal, they were easy winners against the Gunners and will be hoping to close the eight-point gap with a victory here.
The bookies are finding it hard to separate the two sides in the betting and here at BettingTop10, you can find details and reviews of the best online Irish bookmakers including Betway, who have installed Manchester City as narrow 23/20 favourites for this tie. Mourinho’s men are priced at 9/4 to end their opponents’ unbeaten streak.
Despite Pogba’s absence, Manchester United can call upon Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who was rested in midweek and could be given a place in the starting XI for this clash on December 10. The Red Devils secured their place in the last 16 of the Champions League after finishing top of Group A thanks to a 2-1 success over CSKA Moscow, with striker Romelu Lukaku netting the winner.
The hosts lost 2-0 here in the Premier League last season but exacted revenge with a 1-0 triumph in the Cup and they will need to be at their best if they are to prevent City widening the gap at the summit. It’s the first meeting between the sides this season and Pogba’s absence will make just a little bit tougher for United against the runaway leaders.