Paul Pogba has admitted he hopes some Manchester City players get injured to help Manchester United in the title race & injuries to key players can curtail Manchester City’s phenomenal start to the season.
Manchester City have won 13 of their opening 14 games to the season leaving them eight points clear of Manchester United at the top of the table.
Many have questioned if City can be caught despite there still being more than half of the season to play and while Pogba thinks they can be overtaken he believes something needs to happen to make them weaker.
Speaking on BBC’s Football Focus, the 24-year-old said: “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.
“Just like what is happening with us because every time we are having important players that get injured and missing important games.
“If that happens to them as well then maybe it will make a difference. It might be a little touch that makes them weaker.”
Pogba is one of a number of big names who has spent a period on the sidelines already this season and he admitted he found it difficult.
“When I was injured I was watching the game all the time and trying to understand what I could do to help the team more, it makes you grow,” he said.
“When you’re not playing it’s not pleasant to watch the team play because you want to play but it makes you want it more.”
Manchester United are likely to be without summer signing Nemanja Matic for Saturday evening’s clash with Arsenal.
The Serbian has been an ever-present in Jose Mourinho’s team this season but was forced off early in United’s midweek win over Watford.
Jose Mourinho recently accused his Premier League rivals of ‘crying’ about their own injury-woes.
“Other managers cry and cry and cry – I don’t cry. The way to do it is ignore the players who are injured, to give confidence to the players are available,” said Mourinho following a narrow one-goal win over Benfica last month.
“I can cry for the next five minutes if you like. We don’t have Zlatan, Pogba, Fellaini, Marcos Rojo.”
Rojo, Pogba and Ibrahimovic have all since returned to full fitness but Marouane Fellaini remains unavailable.
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