After a heavy defeat at Anfield against Liverpool in Champions League, Manchester City was looking to win their 3rd Premier League title against their noisy neighbors Manchester United at Etihad. Manchester City was looking to win the record title victory by winning the title on April 7 with a high margin of points in the competition but Man United were looking to be party spoilers to deny City win it in style.Man United comeback win deny City record title victory.
The leaders Manchester City who are the Premier League runaway Champions lead the game with a brilliant header from the Captain Vincent Company at 25 minutes of the first half. Man United were not looking in good shape at first half of the game. And again in the 30th minute of the game, Ikay Gundogan made sure they were hoping their titles will be grabbed tonight.
But Manchester United had a plan for the second half. They came with such a brilliant attacking football and City could not cope with it. The record signing for Manchester United Paul Pogba delivered in the derby with adding two goals within 90 seconds and the game for the equalizer and silence the home fans.
At the same end, he had previously rode Kompany’s coat-tails in the first half, Smalling met Sanchez’s ball from the left again with the side of his foot for the winner. This time it was Kompany wondering if he might have done better and the mood seemed to be catching among a City team tasting defeat on a day when they could only have imagined winning. And Manchester United Lead away from home at Etihad and spoiled the party and deny City record title victory.
Jose Mourinho had said some classic halftime speech in the dressing room which helped the players to gain the strength and fight for the game. The winning goalscorer Chris Smalling said: “we were feeling sorry for ourselves at halftime. We were terrible in the first half. Then we played for our pride. The manager did not have to say too much. He said we don’t want to be the clowns standing there watching them get the trophy. Lucky I had a chance to make amends after the first goal. 11 players stood up today, it would have been easy to crumble.”
This was surely one of the great comebacks in the Premier League history. At the end of the game, the United boss Jose Mourinho quotes: “I was really sad with their first goal. A corner. In a moment where the game was under control. It was important for the players to keep confident because we were in control. Credit to the boys, they believe, they keep the shape. Our challenge is to finish Title. City are frustrated, they wanted it today but I congratulate them because they deserve to win it and they will. City had a season of don’t stop winning. But we are not the team people think we are. We are not as bad as people think, the team is not as bad as people think, I am not as bad a manager as people think. We are going to be the second-best team. Even if we don’t win Title in 50 years, Manchester United is still Manchester United. If I don’t win the Title I am still Jose Mourinho. Can we improve enough to catch them [next year]? I don’t know. I hope so.