Manchester United spoiled Manchester City’s party on Sunday after beating them 3-2 in a thrilling Premier League encounter played at Etihad.
In another game, red zone West Bromwich Albion, a side nearly certain to be relegated this season, finished 1-1 with Swansea City.
United looked set to suffer the indignity of watching City celebrate winning the Premier League after racing into a two-goal half-time lead in the Manchester derby thanks to Vincent Kompany and Ilkay Gundogan.
Yet Jose Mourinho’s men rallied remarkably.
Manchester United ace Paul Pogba has claimed that advice from club veteran Michael Carrick inspired him to score the impressive brace that helped his side claim a famous 3-2 victory over their local rivals Manchester City. When we win, we win together and when we lose, we lose together. “I know, he knows, everyone knows, he had some performances not at the level of expectations we have for Paul”.
“He is a fantastic footballer and he makes Manchester United a better team”.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola. – This was the first time a side managed by Pep Guardiola has conceded at least three goals in consecutive games in all competitions.
Chris Smalling made up for his first-half clanger by scoring a dramatic victor after Jose Mourinho had urged his players at half-time not to become the Etihad clowns.
“You never see Paul hide”.
The France global scored twice in the space of two minutes to help the Red Devils put Manchester City’s title celebrations on ice while hauling themselves four points clear of third-placed Liverpool. “It was a tough, tough fight to keep going every single weekend”.
“People now will say”.
“Football is all about boxes, what happens in the box”.
Leicester City’s Europa League ambitions, though, were jolted by a 2-1 home defeat to Newcastle United, who earned a third consecutive league win with goals from Jonjo Shelvey and Ayoze Perez.
Silva was forced to drift wide on numerous occasions to try and stretch the play but the player had little say in the game.
Guardiola’s staff have to win at Spurs subsequent Saturday at Wembley Stadium and hope United drop factors towards West Brom the next day.
Speaking after the match Mourinho praised his players for coming back from 2-0 down at half-time. From City’s point of view, I thought they looked exhausted after the break – such a massive week seemed to have caught up with them.
He refused to blame team selection on the result, though, suggesting his side did more than enough to win the game, regardless of which players were on the field.
Neville stressed that United fans “don’t want robots, they want characters”, but added: “Then it is demonstrating it on the pitch and doing it consistently”.
“It was important for the players to stay confident”.