English Premiership

United will not challenge Pogba suspension

2017-12-05 08:47
Paul Pogba (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Manchester United will not contest Paul Pogba's three-match ban for the red card he received at Arsenal, which rules him out of the Manchester derby.

The France international helped Jose Mourinho's side claim a 3-1 victory at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday, where he set up their first and third goals.

But Pogba's evening ended early after he was red-carded in the 74th minute for a studs-up challenge on Gunners defender Hector Bellerin.

Mourinho revealed after the match that United's record signing was "frustrated" at compatriot Laurent Koscielny's reaction to his mistimed tackle, but there will be no appeal forthcoming.

Pogba is set to feature against CSKA Moscow in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday as his suspension only counts for domestic competitions and kicks in for the visit of Premier League leaders City on Sunday.

The 24-year-old midfielder will also be unavailable for the league games against Bournemouth and West Brom, before coming back into contention for the EFL Cup quarter-final clash with Bristol City on December 20.

"He's not suspended for the Champions League, he plays tomorrow," Mourinho said in his pre-match press conference on Monday.

"Of course, a bit tired because it was a huge match on the last weekend and just two days to recover for CSKA, but very happy to play tomorrow and to try and keep his momentum, because since he was back from injury, he's been phenomenal."

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