Kevin De Bruyne would prefer to face Paul Pogba in Manchester derby

  • Kevin De Bruyne would prefer to face Paul Pogba in Manchester derby

Kevin De Bruyne would prefer to face Paul Pogba in Manchester derby

And he says it was a pleasure to come back and play at the Etihad again.

De Bruyne, however, rejected the notion of karma, which is a spiritual principle of cause and effect, part of religions including Hindusim, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism and Taoism.

This isn't a dead rubber by any means but Man City will be wary of the busy time they'll surely have on Sunday against Man Utd and don't have as much to play for as Shakhtar. Yes, the defending was poor in the first half, particularly on the right-hand side, and we saw a mistake from Ederson for the first time since his very first game for City; a pre-season friendly against United.

That being said, Manchester City aren't a one man team, and are certainly showing that their defence is far better than last season, and their attack just can't be stopped.

"I have complete trust in the team".

Silva, who scored the pivotal victor against West Ham United on Sunday, was left out of the City squad that travelled to Kharkiv for their final Champions League group game against Shakhtar Donetsk.

Before the derby, City will face Shakhtar Donetsk in Ukraine in their final Champions League group match.

A late David Silva goal completed a 2-1 victory over West Ham on Sunday and if City beat United at Old Trafford for the second successive season under manager Pep Guardiola, they will equal Arsenal's Premier League record of 14 straight wins, which straddled two seasons in 2002.

Having already secured top spot, Wednesday's match has little riding on it for City and Guardiola is expected to rest players.

And their mutual respect could lead to Sarri being handed a favour by Pep, with Napoli desperately needing City to win to have any chance of advancing to the next stage of the Champions League.

The incident came after Raheem Sterling's late victor sent the Etihad into pandemonium, setting them up for a record-equalling 13th consecutive Premier League victory against West Ham on Sunday.

The 32-year-old said: "They are doing great and have a great team".