Manchester United has the talent to cope with Paul Pogba’s absence during their top-of-the-table showdown with Manchester City, fellow midfielder Juan Mata said ahead of Sunday’s Premier League clash.
Pogba, who has scored three league goals and provided five assists in eight appearances for United this season, impressed in the 3-1 win at Arsenal last weekend but was dismissed in the second half for a reckless tackle on Hector Bellerin.
As the Frenchman serves the first of his three-match suspension, Spaniard Mata is confident his teammates can step up and help second-placed United reduce the eight-point gap to their local rivals atop the table.
“He’s a fantastic player… He’s a very complete midfielder, he can do all things. He will be a big miss but another player will play and try his best,” Mata told the British media.
“I think we have a good squad and have good players to replace any other player. Hopefully we can win for him.”
Mata underlined the importance of a United win at Old Trafford, saying that it was vital for the club to build momentum ahead of a busy festive period.