United won't appeal against Pogba red card

Dec 4, 2017 - 7:02 PM Paul Pogba is to start against CSKA Moscow after Manchester United decided not to appeal against his red card at Arsenal.

The France midfielder was dismissed in Saturday's thrilling 3-1 Premier League win over the Gunners and is set to serve a three-game domestic ban.

United have not contested the dismissal and the FA will not impose an additional punishment after Pogba appeared to respond to the red card with a sarcastic handclap.

It means he will now play in United's final Champions League group game on Tuesday in which the Red Devils need a point to assure top spot and qualification.

"He's happy to play. It's the next match, the match that matters. He plays ," said United manager Jose Mourinho.

"He's very happy to play and try to keep his momentum because since he was back from his injury he's been phenomenal."

Striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who has made four substitute appearances since his earlier-than-expected return from knee ligament damage, was absent from the squad when United defeated Arsenal on Saturday.

"Zlatan is not injured. He will be out again for (tomorrow), but I believe he will be back to normal work after CSKA," said Mourinho.

The CSKA match will also see Luke Shaw return to the squad.

The England fullback has been restricted to just 48 minutes this season amid rumours he is on his way out of Old Trafford, but could make a rare European outing this week.

"When we speak about Luke Shaw, he's working to have an opportunity and sooner or later that opportunity will arrive because he deserves that opportunity," Mourinho added.

"He is selected for tomorrow for sure, to start or be on the bench."

Source: AAP

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