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Tuesday 24 April 2018

Manchester City v Manchester United – story of the match

United came from 2-0 down to win the Manchester derby.

Paul Pogba inspired Manchester United's victory
Paul Pogba inspired Manchester United's victory

By Simon Peach, Press Association Chief Football Writer

Manchester City will have to wait to clinch the Premier League title after capitulating and allowing Manchester United to secure a remarkable 3-2 comeback derby win.

It has long been a case of when rather than if Pep Guardiola’s swashbuckling side win the league, but this was what Vincent Kompany described as a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” to seal it on home turf against their bitter rivals.

The City captain opened the deadlock and Ilkay Gundogan added another in a first-half far more one-sided than the two-goal advantage suggested.

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United performed desperately in the opening period and were set for an embarrassing loss, only to rally amazingly. Paul Pogba – subject of so much pre-match talk – recovered from a shocking first half to net a quickfire brace, with Chris Smalling volleying home to secure an amazing 3-2 win.

Tweet of the match

Star man – Paul Pogba

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Paul Pogba enjoyed himself at the Etihad Stadium after half-time

Dreadful, lacklustre and meek all aptly describe the Manchester United midfielder’s first-half display on a day when all eyes were on him following Pep Guardiola’s pre-match comments. Yet, somehow, Pogba returned for the second half reborn, pulling one back before quickly netting another and producing a fine display in the middle of the park.

Moment of the match

Chris Smalling has long been touted as potential departure as Mourinho looks to take United back to the top of the English game. Terrible marking for Vincent Kompany’s opener only strengthened the doubters’ case, but if this is to be the defender’s last Manchester derby he signed off in style by firing home a volley to secure victory.

Stat of the match

Ratings

Manchester City: Ederson Moraes 6, Danilo 6, Vincent Kompany 6, Nicolas Otamendi 5, Fabian Delph 5, Ilkay Gundogan 7, Fernandinho 6, David Silva 7, Bernardo Silva 6, Raheem Sterling 7, Leroy Sane 6. Subs: Kevin De Bruyne, (on for David Silva, 72) 6, Gabriel Jesus (on for Bernardo Silva, 72) 6, Sergio Aguero (on for Gundogan 76) 6.

Manchester United: David De Gea 6, Antonio Valencia 6, Eric Bailly 6, Chris Smalling 7, Ashley Young 6, Ander Herrera 6, Nemanja Matic 6, Paul Pogba 8, Jesse Lingard 6, Alexis Sanchez 7, Romelu Lukaku 7. Subs: Marcus Rashford (on for Sanchez 82) 6, Scott McTominay (on for Lingard 85) 6, Victor Lindelof (on for Herrera 90) 6.

What’s up next?

Manchester City v Liverpool (Champions League quarter-final second leg, Tuesday 10 April)

Manchester United v West Brom (Premier League, Sunday 15 April)

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