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Kevin De Bruyne disappointed by Paul Pogba's absence from Manchester derby

Kevin De Bruyne disappointed by Paul Pogba's absence from Manchester derby

Kevin De Bruyne has brilliantly responded to Paul Pogba hoping Manchester City suffer the same kind of injury problems as United.

Manchester United midfielder Pogba will be starting his three-match suspension after his red card for a reckless challenge on Arsenal's Hector Bellerin.

De Bruyne celebrates scoring for City.

"I'm a very straightforward guy".

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

"Manchester City are one of the best teams in Europe, if not the world, to watch at the moment", Mills told Sky Sports News.

"I don't care [what he says]".

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And Zabaleta, who spent nine successful years at City before leaving in the summer to join the Hammers, says he wants his former side to go on and lift the title. "We need to keep focused with whatever we are doing and keep busy with ourselves".

"Of course, I was a little upset because I thought we did great and were so close to getting at least one point". You see how they run and how they fight, that's why we are so proud again.

Speaking after Tuesday's 2-1 win over CSKA Moscow, Mourinho was not buying it and grouped Guardiola's claims with those of Arsene Wenger, the Arsenal manager who said Alexandre Lacazette would not face United last weekend before he promptly played and scored in the Emirates Stadium thriller that the visitors won 3-1.

De Bruyne would fit into that category of "some very important players", and he's responded to Pogba. "The way we control games is fantastic". "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". Hopefully it'll be a good game.

"Leroy [Sane] needed time to adapt a bit - to the way we play. I can promise you we are going to try to win this game".

The Brazilian, Pep Guardiola's second attempt to replace Joe Hart, has already kept ten clean sheets and impressed numerous club's supporters with his absolute confidence with the ball at his feet (perhaps best summed by one particularly memorable touch in the midweek win against Southampton last week).