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Manchester United beat City in Premier League clash

Manchester United beat City in Premier League clash

Midfielder Paul Pogba scored twice in two minutes to shock City and defender Chris Smalling volleyed home the victor from Alexis Sanchez's free kick in the 69th minute to seal a 3-2 comeback win at the Etihad Stadium to spoil City's anticipated title party.

Paul Pogba's quick-fire brace and a sumptuous volley by Chris Smalling stunned the bouncing Etihad to its core, as United were on course of completing one of the most breathtaking comebacks of the Premier League era, and that too at the home of the Champions-elect. If the Eagles weren't so wasteful in front of goal they could've won their last two fixtures, but are instead situated three points above the dotted line.

"We started the game really well, but we must return to the pitch as soon as possible because on Tuesday we have another big challenge to overcome a result".

"If the accusation from his agent is that he wants to go to other clubs, his price has gone up", Mourinho said with a smile. But Mourinho's 2017-18 season should deliver some consolation.

"The oldest guys with the most experience - Ash [Ashley Young], Mike [Carrick] were in the dressing room - they have the power in their words", said Herrera when asked what had been behind the turnaround.

"We have to focus on what we did wrong and we must improve, but we mustn't forget what we did all season".

Guardiola kept his pre-match promise to prioritise Tuesday's Champions League quarter-final second leg against Liverpool with City needing to overturn a 3-0 first leg deficit. But De Bruyne, Jesus and Aguero's influence on the game was not enough to salvage anything from this derby. Guardiola and Mourinho have a long-running rivalry dating back to their time in charge of Barcelona and Real Madrid respectively.

Without giving United time to react, Guardiola's squad came on five minutes later to apparently wrap up the title without waiting another day.

"We lost it so for the fans it's hard, but maybe we're going to get more credit if we are able to win the Premier League". City have conceded six goals in two games now and the defence looks flaky whenever they're under pressure. City should have been out of sight by half-time as Guardiola screamed in frustration after Sterling fired two glorious chances well over the bar.

It also showed exactly why he had asked the club to pay £89 million to sign Pogba and proved that the midfielder can perform the tasks required of him on a consistent basis, given that there is stability offered like the one provided by the midfield duo of Nemanja Matic and Ander Herrera on Saturday.

Still, it's only a matter of time before they get the title and to win the Premier League and League Cup in a season has to be deemed a success.


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