Kevin De Bruyne has dismissed the idea that Paul Pogba’s Manchester derby absence is karma for the Frenchman’s controversial comments about City’s key players suffering injuries.
Pogba gave an interview to the _BBC in the build-up to United’s 3-1 victory at Arsenal on Saturday, in which he said he would like to see City suffer from the kind of fitness problems he believes have beset Jose Mourinho’s side so far this season.
Those comments sparked uproar among Blues supporters, and they were quick to revel in the France international’s woe after he was shown a straight red card for stamping on Gunners full-back Hector Bellerin, which will keep him out of Sunday’s game at Old Trafford.
“I don’t believe in that s***,” he said bluntly. “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.”