Manchester United pulled off an incredible comeback to fight from 0-2 to win 3-2 at Manchester City in the derby.
Pep Guardiola’s side had ran out into a 2-0 lead before half-time through goals from Vincent Kompany and Ilkay Gundogan before Raheem Sterling missed two sitters in the same half. At this point the match was going as many people expected, with the likes of NetBet Sports making City the pre-game odds-on favourites.
However, we were transformed in the second half and pegged City back to 2-2 in the opening 10 minutes of the restart. Paul Pogba scored both goals – the first finishing off a nice move that had seen Ander Herrera chest the ball into the French midfielder’s path.
97 seconds later Pogba connected with Alexis Sanchez’s cross from deep in a more determined effort than Nicolas Otamendi, to equalise.
Chris Smalling volleyed home the winner from an Alexis Sanchez free kick midway through the second half.
We went defensive in the final 10 minutes which saw David de Gea pull off an outstanding save to deny Sergio Aguero his 200th Manchester City goal from close range, before Raheem Sterling hit the post from two yards out.
Speaking after the game, Jose Mourinho was delighted with Paul Pogba’s effort in the second half. The boss told MUTV:
“I said at half-time that my midfielders couldn’t play better than they were playing. It’s difficult to play against City because they press really well and are compact and their transition is really strong. I told Matic, Herrera and Pogba that they could not improve a lot from what they did in the first half because they had confidence to play and to move the ball and give passes. I was asking more from my central defenders especially to play with the ball because in the first half they were really shaky with it at their feet and there were bad mistakes. I needed more from my wingers, I wanted them to come inside and give more solutions to our midfielders. So we improved in the second half with that, I was not asking for Paul to improve because I was already happy with what he was doing in the first half. But he scored two fantastic goals and I’m really pleased for him.”
Manchester City would have been crowed 2017-18 Premier League champions with a victory in the derby. Instead, the defeat means they cannot win the Premier League title at Wembley Stadium next Saturday either, as we don’t play until the following day.