Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba insists his challenge on Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin over the weekend looked worse than it was as he prepares to sit out Sunday’s Manchester derby.
Pogba played in Tuesday night’s 2-1 Champions League win against CSKA Moscow but his performance was criticised by a number of pundits, including Liverpool legend Graeme Souness.
The France international was sent off in the 74th-minute of Saturday’s epic 3-1 victory over the Gunners for a poor tackle on Bellerin – which means he will miss three Premier League matches against Manchester City, Bournemouth and West Brom.
“I know Hector and I would never give him a tackle like this,” said Pogba.
“Unfortunately for me I thought he would put his feet [into the tackle] and he was in a position that was a disadvantage for me.
“It looks very bad but the intention wasn’t like that. The referee gave me the red card and that’s football.
“I’m very disappointed to miss the derby because when you are in football you really want to play in these games.
“I really want to help the team and wanted to be there because obviously we are playing City and in this moment we need points and we need to win. It’s an important moment, an important game so, like I say, I’m disappointed.
“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.”
“I have complete trust in the team. Even if I am not there, I will be there watching the game giving positive energy and hopefully we are going to win. Mentally, I need to be there to boost the team and hopefully it will help.”