Manchester United will have no chance of beating Manchester City in the upcoming Manchester derby without Paul Pogba, according to Joey Barton.
Jose Mourinho could be without his key man for next weekend’s top of the table clash after he was dealt a straight red card during United’s 3-1 victory over Arsenal on Saturday.
Pogba was dismissed after he caught Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin with his studs full on the knee as the Spaniard made an attempted interception.
However, there have been suggestions Man United could appeal the decision and the respective three-game ban in an attempt to have Pogba back in the frame for City.
And Barton believes Mourinho may have a glimmer of hope, claiming Pogba’s tackle was not malicious and that Bellerin was also at fault for his ‘unorthodox’ defensive position.
But if the French star’s suspension is upheld and he is unavailable for the derby, former Man City ace Barton says the clash against Pep Guardiola’s table-toppers is ‘unwinnable’ for the Red Devils.
Asked about Pogba’s possible suspension, the Sports Breakfast co-host said on talkSPORT: “I would appeal that.
“Being at the game I thought, well he’s made contact with his studs on Bellerin’s knee. But when you watch it back in real time, Bellerin’s unorthodox defensive positioning has made Pogba make contact with his knee.
“It’s a bad touch from Pogba and the balls gets away from him, but they talk about intent – a malicious intent – and while the studs do made contact with the knee, Pogba’s foot is on the ground.
“I can understand why the referee, Andre Mariner, sent him off, but I would also understand if Manchester United decide to appeal it.
“If Pogba is out of the derby, I don’t think it’s a winnable game for Manchester United.
“With how poor they were without him when he was injured earlier this season, I don’t think Man United can win the game.”
“It’s not winnable without him.”
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