Manchester City 2 Manchester United 3: Paul Pogba’s Brace And Chris Smalling Strike Seal Incredible Comeback For The Red Devils At The Etihad

Manchester City must wait to secure the Premier League title after Manchester United mounted a remarkable second-half derby fightback to come from two goals down to win at Etihad Stadium.City needed victory to be confirmed as champions but Paul Pogba scored two goals in two minutes to overturn City’s first-half lead before Chris Smalling’s volley completed the dramatic turnaround.Pep Guardiola’s side had delivered a first-half masterclass with captain Vincent Kompany scoring with a thumping header after 25 minutes and Ilkay Gudogan adding a second five minutes later after a clever turn and finish.Outclassed United remained in contention after Raheem Sterling skied two golden chances over the bar with the goal at his mercy and Gundogan headed straight at keeper David de Gea when unmarked eight yards out.It gave United hope and how Jose Mourinho’s team responded as Pogba – out of sorts at Old Trafford recently and at the centre of claims by Guardiola before the game that he had been offered to City in January – stole in to pull a goal back after 53 minutes and head the equaliser two minutes later.The remarkable turnaround was complete when Smalling, badly at fault for Kompany’s goal, arrived unmarked to steer Alexis Sanchez’s free-kick past the exposed Ederson in the 69th minute.In a furious finale, players from both sides clashed and Ashley Young was fortunate that his wild lunge on City substitute Sergio Aguero in the area was ignored by referee Martin Atkinson.De Gea made a world-class one-handed save from Aguero as City attacked furiously – but United held out and Guardiola’s title party must wait for another day.City will win the title next weekend if they beat Tottenham at Wembley on the Saturday (19:45 BST kick-off) and United lose at home to bottom club West Brom on Sunday (16:00).Photo Credit: Getty


  1. […] Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has sent a firm message to Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford about their roles at the club ahead of Sunday’s clash with West Brom.Reports in France this week claimed Martial had decided to leave Old Trafford after growing frusrated with a lack of playing time, while there have been claims that Rashford is questioning his future. Martial has suffered most from the signing of Alexis Sanchez and had been in good form until the Chilean arrived at Old Trafford, while over half of Rashford’s league appearances this term have come from the bench.‘It’s just football, we cannot have 11 players, it would be amazing economically for the football clubs to have only 11 and play with the same 11, no injuries, suspension, fatigue, it would be better for everyone to have only 11 but is not impossible,’ said Mourinho. ‘At every club and every level, you need more than 11 players and only 11 can start, is as simple as that, there’s nothing I can do. ‘Only 11 can start. The same questions you are doing to me, you should do to every other manager because everyone has players in the same situation.’ Rashford has featured in 97 of Mourinho’s 112 games since joining the club but he is concerned about his spot in England’s World Cup squad.Photo Credit: Getty […]


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