Football: Man City denied by a United spirit

A firey Pogba inspired United to put City's title hopes on hold
09 April 2018
by:   Eseandre Otomiewor

Manchester United put Manchester City’s title celebration on hold with a vintage performance as they came down from 2 goals down to win the game 3-2 at the Etihad stadium.

After their defeat to Liverpool in the Champions League, it was expected that Manchester City will win the Manchester Derby and wrap up the English Premier League Title. They looked well on their way to achieving this mission with goals from Kompany and Gundogan early in the first half and a very dominate display.

However, United had other plans as they came out stronger in the second half with two quick goals in 98 seconds from Paul Pogba (who was rather quiet in the first half) which changed the direction of the game. Smalling who was culpable for the first goal, wrapped up the win for United with a close volley from close range following a cross from Alexis Sanchez.

Mourinho was bullish after the game with his focus now on finishing in a Champions League spot. He said;

"I was really sad with the first goal and I think it is the third corner they scored against us this season.

"Then with the second it was important for the players to keep confident. We moved the ball, more than any team has against Manchester City. We pressed a bit higher and we keep the shape to get a good result.

"I think mathematically we need six points to stay in the top four and this win is part of that tonight."

"Our challenge is to finish second but I want to congratulate City for the title because they are going to win and deservedly. They gave no chance to the others because they had this season of don't stop winning.

"My objective here was to get points and not spoil any celebrations. The point is can we improve enough to catch them next season?

Pep has not spoken to the press as at the time of filing this report but it is expected that he will be disappointed and will be looking to turn things around and do the almost impossible against Liverpool in the Champions League quarter final.

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