Paul Pogba has broken his silence after his dismissal during Manchester United’s 3-1 win over Arsenal last weekend.
The France international saw red in the second-half after a studs up tackle on Hector Bellerin.
Jose Mourinho’s side opted against appealing the decision, which means Pogba is set to miss their next three games, starting with the Manchester derby on Sunday.
Despite accepting the decision, United’s £89m record signing claims his tackle on Bellerin was unintentional.
“I didn’t really speak after the game – I didn’t have time – but I think Hector, I know him as well, and I would never give him a tackle like this,” said Pogba (via the Mirror)
“Unfortunately for me, I thought he would put his feet in and he was in a position that was a disadvantage for me, so I did it.
“It looks very bad, but the intention wasn’t like that. They had the decision, the referee, got the red card and that’s football.”
The midfielder is a huge loss to United after enjoying such a strong start to the campaign.
The 3-1 win over Arsenal has put distance between the Gunners and Mourinho’s side. Arsenal are seven behind the Red Devils and 15 adrift of runaway leaders Man City.
It’s critical Arsene Wenger’s side do their part and claim victory away to Southampton on Sunday before waiting to see who comes out on top in the derby.