Incredible Man Utd fightback delays Man City title celebrations

Chris Smalling and Paul Pogba celebrate Manchester United

Manchester Metropolis should wait to safe the Premier League title after Manchester United mounted a outstanding second-half derby fightback to return from two targets all the way down to win at Etihad Stadium.

Metropolis wanted victory to be confirmed as champions however Paul Pogba scored two targets in two minutes to overturn Metropolis’s first-half lead earlier than Chris Smalling’s volley accomplished the dramatic turnaround.

Pep Guardiola’s facet had delivered a first-half masterclass with captain Vincent Kompany scoring with a thumping header after 25 minutes and Ilkay Gudogan including a second 5 minutes later after a intelligent flip and end.

Outclassed United remained in rivalry after Raheem Sterling skied two golden probabilities over the bar with the purpose at his mercy and Gundogan headed straight at keeper David de Gea when unmarked eight yards out.

It gave United hope and the way Jose Mourinho’s staff responded as Pogba – out of types at Previous Trafford just lately and on the centre of claims by Guardiola earlier than the sport that he had been offered to City in January – stole in to drag a purpose again after 53 minutes and head the equaliser two minutes later.

The outstanding turnaround was full when Smalling, badly at fault for Kompany’s purpose, arrived unmarked to steer Alexis Sanchez’s free-kick previous the uncovered Ederson within the 69th minute.

In a livid finale, gamers from either side clashed and Ashley Younger was lucky that his wild lunge on Metropolis substitute Sergio Aguero within the space was ignored by referee Martin Atkinson.

De Gea made a world-class one-handed save from Aguero as Metropolis attacked furiously – however United held out and Guardiola’s title social gathering should wait for one more day.

Metropolis will win the title subsequent weekend in the event that they beat Tottenham at Wembley on the Saturday (19:45 BST kick-off) and United lose at dwelling to backside membership West Brom on Sunday (16:00).

Metropolis collapse places title social gathering on maintain

When Gundogan turned sweetly and poked a right-foot end past De Gea after half an hour, the champagne was being positioned on ice by Manchester Metropolis’s supporters – and on the proof as much as that time no-one may blame them.

Metropolis have been tearing United’s fragile defence aside and Gundogan’s purpose was a becoming return for domination that had already introduced them the lead via Kompany’s header.

It was onerous to see how the guests, so passive and pedestrian, may do something aside from mount a damage-limitation train earlier than Metropolis’s title celebrations bought beneath means.

After which got here what proved to be the decisive passage of play when Sterling despatched two simple probabilities wildly excessive and Gundogan supplied a tame headed end to a different nice alternative.

It left the door ajar for United – they usually burst via it as soon as supervisor Jose Mourinho had delivered his half-time message.

When Pogba slipped via eight minutes after the interval to beat Ederson and provides United hope, the defensive demons that put the skids beneath Metropolis within the Champions League quarter-final first leg at Liverpool on Wednesday surfaced as soon as extra.

Nicolas Otamendi, so strong and improved earlier than that Three-Zero loss, misplaced Pogba within the space as he headed dwelling to revive parity within the area of two minutes, and Metropolis’s defenders have been as soon as once more caught off-guard when Smalling was left completely unmarked to show in Alexis Sanchez’s free-kick after 69 minutes.

Metropolis have been surprised – flaws uncovered. Pep Guardiola’s facet conceded three in 19 minutes at Anfield and three in 16 minutes right here. Lightning had struck twice within the area of 4 days.

It was solely the brilliance of De Gea, with a world-class save from substitute Aguero, that stopped Metropolis rescuing the respectability of a degree – however there was a severe sense of anti-climax across the Etihad on the last whistle.

Metropolis felt they have been on the improper finish of a number of selections from referee Martin Atkinson, notably when Younger clearly adopted via on Aguero within the space within the second half, however they solely have themselves responsible after the failure to take these first half probabilities and that second-half defensive collapse.

Certainly, one Metropolis supporter – and never a baby both – was in tears in his seat within the stand. He’ll cheer up when the title formalities are full, however this was a bitter tablet to swallow for Guardiola, his staff and their followers.

Vincent Kompany

Pogba raises sport to carry United

Pogba’s first-half efficiency aroused remark for 2 causes – the style through which he was outmanoeuvred in midfield and a hair color that seemed suspiciously like an unwitting title tribute to Manchester Metropolis with its flashes of blue.

The person Guardiola claimed was offered to Manchester City in January was as off the tempo as his team-mates and social media wouldn’t have made nice studying for the France playmaker.

However the way it all turned within the area of two minutes early within the second half because the tall, long-striding Pogba flipped the sport on its head and opened up the potential for a United victory that appeared gentle years away at half-time.

And what resolve Mourinho’s facet confirmed to dig their means out of the outlet they discovered themselves in after 45 minutes, stirring themselves for a comeback that may a minimum of give them delight that they didn’t enable Metropolis to have their title celebration at their expense.

True, they rode their luck as Younger one way or the other escaped punishment for that reckless problem on Aguero within the space, however they scrapped it out and relished the feisty later exchanges when Metropolis’s self-discipline abandoned them.

This is not going to cease Metropolis successful the title however it would give United an actual sense of satisfaction in a season the place they’ve been comprehensively overshadowed by their neighbours.

Can Metropolis choose themselves up for Champions League?

Liverpool, who come to the Etihad defending that Three-Zero lead within the Champions League quarter-final second leg on Tuesday, can have watched occasions unfolding right here with blended feelings.

Within the first half, Metropolis seemed each inch a facet with the aptitude to overturn that deficit as they dazzled in assault and left United chasing shadows in midfield.

Within the second, they seemed like a staff who could be simple prey for Liverpool’s goalscoring triumvirate of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and, if match, Mohamed Salah.

Metropolis’s efficiency was two-faced and Guardiola will know that only one piece of the frailty they’ve demonstrated in conceding six targets of their previous two video games will likely be deadly in opposition to the Reds’ potent assault.

Guardiola can even know Metropolis should maintain the extent of the primary half for 90 minutes and eradicate the errors of the second or their Champions League marketing campaign will likely be over.

Man of the match – Paul Pogba (Manchester United)

Paul Pogba celebrates Manchester United's win over Manchester City

‘Can we enhance sufficient subsequent season?’

Manchester United supervisor Jose Mourinho chatting with Sky Sports activities: “We moved the ball greater than any staff has in opposition to Manchester Metropolis. We pressed a bit increased and we stored the form to get an excellent consequence.

“I believe mathematically we want six factors to remain within the high 4 and this win is a part of that.

“Our problem is to complete second however I wish to congratulate Metropolis for the title – as a result of they’ll win and deservedly. They gave no probability to the others as a result of they’d this season of not stopping successful.

“My goal right here was to get factors and never spoil any celebrations. The purpose is can we enhance sufficient to catch them subsequent season?”

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Manchester Metropolis supervisor Pep Guardiola chatting with BBC Sport: “To concede three targets in opposition to an excellent staff is hard.

“We have been the staff that conceded the least targets. United created 4 probabilities, which is not an excessive amount of. What number of probabilities did we create? A lot, a lot, extra. However you need to put the ball within the internet.”

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United’s comeback kings – the perfect of the stats

  • Metropolis misplaced a Premier League sport they have been successful by a two-goal margin for the primary time since October 2008.
  • United have received 9 Premier League away video games when trailing by a minimum of two targets – 4 greater than every other facet within the competitors.
  • This was the primary time a facet managed by Pep Guardiola has conceded a minimum of three targets in consecutive video games in all competitions, having misplaced Three-Zero to Liverpool within the Champions League on Wednesday.
  • Guardiola misplaced a sport through which his facet was successful by a two-goal margin for the primary time since December 2013, when his Bayern Munich facet misplaced Three-2 to Manchester Metropolis.
  • Each Smalling and Pogba have received all 9 Premier League video games through which they’ve scored – solely former Liverpool ahead Ryan Babel has a greater 100% report within the competitors (11/11).
  • There have been simply 97 seconds between Pogba’s first and second targets.
  • United ahead Alexis Sanchez has supplied two assists in a Premier League sport for less than the second time, additionally doing so in opposition to Newcastle in December 2014.
  • Sanchez has had a hand in 4 targets in his previous two Premier League video games for Manchester United (one purpose, three assists).

What’s subsequent?

Manchester Metropolis welcome Liverpool for the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Tuesday (19:45 BST kick-off) earlier than travelling to Wembley to tackle Tottenham within the Premier league on Saturday (19:45).

Manchester United host backside facet West Brom to Previous Trafford within the league subsequent Sunday (16:00).


Man Metropolis

  • 31Ederson
  • ThreeDaniloBooked at 90minutes
  • fourKompanyBooked at 90minutes
  • 30Otamendi
  • 18Delph
  • eightGündoganSubstituted forAgüeroat 76′minutesBooked at 79minutes
  • 25FernandinhoBooked at 79minutes
  • 21SilvaSubstituted forDe Bruyneat 72′minutes
  • 20Bernardo SilvaSubstituted forJesusat 72′minutesBooked at 90minutes
  • 7SterlingBooked at 63minutes
  • 19Sané


  • 1Bravo
  • 2Walker
  • 10Agüero
  • 14Laporte
  • 17De Bruyne
  • 33Jesus
  • 42Y Touré

Man Utd

  • 1de Gea
  • 25A Valencia
  • ThreeBailly
  • 12Smalling
  • 18Younger
  • 21HerreraBooked at 37minutesSubstituted forLindelöfat 90+four’minutes
  • 31Matic
  • 6PogbaBooked at 81minutes
  • 14LingardSubstituted forMcTominayat 85′minutes
  • 9R LukakuBooked at 45minutes
  • 7SánchezSubstituted forRashfordat 82′minutes


  • 2Lindelöf
  • 5Rojo
  • eightMata
  • 11Martial
  • 19Rashford
  • 39McTominay
  • 40Castro Pereira
Martin Atkinson

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Match ends, Manchester Metropolis 2, Manchester United Three.

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Second Half ends, Manchester Metropolis 2, Manchester United Three.

Try missed. Vincent Kompany (Manchester Metropolis) left footed shot from the centre of the field is excessive and extensive to the left. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne with a cross.


Substitution, Manchester United. Victor Lindelöf replaces Ander Herrera.

Nook, Manchester United. Conceded by Leroy Sané.


Gabriel Jesus (Manchester Metropolis) is proven the yellow card for a nasty foul.

Foul by Gabriel Jesus (Manchester Metropolis).

Ander Herrera (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the appropriate wing.


Vincent Kompany (Manchester Metropolis) is proven the yellow card.

Foul by Gabriel Jesus (Manchester Metropolis).

Ander Herrera (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the appropriate wing.


Danilo (Manchester Metropolis) is proven the yellow card for a nasty foul.

Foul by Danilo (Manchester Metropolis).

Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Nook, Manchester Metropolis. Conceded by Romelu Lukaku.

Raheem Sterling (Manchester Metropolis) hits the appropriate submit with a left footed shot from very shut vary. Assisted by Nicolás Otamendi following a nook.

Try blocked. Nicolás Otamendi (Manchester Metropolis) proper footed shot from the centre of the field is blocked. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne with a cross.

Nook, Manchester Metropolis. Conceded by Nemanja Matic.

Try blocked. Fernandinho (Manchester Metropolis) proper footed shot from the centre of the field is blocked. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne with a cross.

Nook, Manchester Metropolis. Conceded by Nemanja Matic.

Nook, Manchester Metropolis. Conceded by David de Gea.

Try saved. Sergio Agüero (Manchester Metropolis) header from the centre of the field is saved within the high centre of the purpose. Assisted by Leroy Sané with a cross.

Nook, Manchester Metropolis. Conceded by Ashley Younger.

Try blocked. Gabriel Jesus (Manchester Metropolis) proper footed shot from outdoors the field is blocked. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne.

Foul by Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester Metropolis).

Ander Herrera (Manchester United) wins a free kick within the attacking half.


Substitution, Manchester United. Scott McTominay replaces Jesse Lingard.

Foul by Gabriel Jesus (Manchester Metropolis).

Ander Herrera (Manchester United) wins a free kick within the defensive half.

Try blocked. Gabriel Jesus (Manchester Metropolis) proper footed shot from the centre of the field is blocked. Assisted by Sergio Agüero.

Try missed. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester Metropolis) left footed shot from the left facet of the field is shut, however misses to the appropriate. Assisted by Fabian Delph.


Substitution, Manchester United. Marcus Rashford replaces Alexis Sánchez.


Paul Pogba (Manchester United) is proven the yellow card for a nasty foul.

Nicolás Otamendi (Manchester Metropolis) wins a free kick within the defensive half.

Foul by Paul Pogba (Manchester United).


Sergio Agüero (Manchester Metropolis) is proven the yellow card.


Fernandinho (Manchester Metropolis) is proven the yellow card for a nasty foul.

Foul by Fernandinho (Manchester Metropolis).

Jesse Lingard (Manchester United) wins a free kick within the defensive half.

Foul by Leroy Sané (Manchester Metropolis).


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