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Fernandinho expects Man United to be tough even without Paul Pogba

Fernandinho expects Man United to be tough even without Paul Pogba
From ESPN - December 7, 2017

Fernandinho expects Manchester United to feel the absence of Paul Pogba in this weekend's derby against Manchester City.

The influential Pogba, United's record signing, is out of Sunday's clash at Old Trafford through suspension.

But City midfielder Fernandinho still believes United will prove formidable opposition for Pep Guardiola's side, who are bidding to extend an eight-point lead at the top of the table.

The Brazilian said: "Of course, any team that loses such a good player, they are going to miss him.

"But Manchester United have good players and it does not matter who is going to play in his position, they will do a good job. It will be a tough game for both teams.''

City go into the game on the back of their first defeat since April. They were beaten 2-1 by Shakhtar Donetsk in an inconsequential Champions League group match in Ukraine on Wednesday.

It was hardly ideal preparation for one of the most intense fixtures in their schedule, but Fernandinho thinks the loss could be just the jolt the City team needed to stave off any complacency. City had won their previous 20 games in all competitions, many of them convincingly.

Fernandinho, 32, said: "The people around the club, when we start to win a lot of games, they start to say a lot of things and it's not good. Some of us could relax and drop our levels.

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