Kevin De Bruyne wants to beat a full strength Manchester United side when City travel to Old Trafford this weekend, report the Manchester Evening News.
The Manchester City star’s comment is in stark contrast to Reds midfielder Paul Pogba’s ‘hope’ that some Blues players would suffer injuries or suspensions.
Those controversial comments took on an air of irony when Pogba picked up a red card against Arsenal which means he will miss the derby next Sunday.
But De Bruyne dismissed the notion that karma had struck Pogba for his words – and said that he would rather play United at full strength. “I don’t believe in that s**t, I’m a very straight forward guy,” said the Belgium star.
“If someone believes it is karma then OK – everyone has their right to their opinion. “I don’t want anyone to get injured. It’s a competition, you want to play against the best teams and the best players.”
Pogba had 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.” De Bruyne, asked for his response, said: “I don’t care. He can say whatever he wants. We just have to be focused on whatever we’re doing.” But he did concede Pogba’s three-match suspension may be a blow to the Reds.
“It depends what they want to do,” he said. “He’s a massive player – I know him a little bit, and he’s unbelievable. “He took a red card and that’s the way it goes. You have injuries and suspensions.”