Smalling: Jose told us not to be clowns

Smalling: Jose told us not to be clowns

Now instead of a morale-boosting celebration, Pep Guardiola's side have been forced to wait to clinch their third title in seven seasons and can not be guaranteed the title even if they win at Tottenham Hotspur next Saturday. Bailly often found himself out of position in the first half and tried to do too much at once by cleaning up after the midfield.

But he was a different man in the second half, making a dazzling burst in the lead-up to Paul Pogba's goal before providing two pinpoint assists - both floating crosses from the left hand side - to draw United level and then put them into the lead. How City would have liked to have won it against United, not merely for the symbolism of confirming their superiority in the city and in domestic football, but as the ideal lead-in to Tuesday's Champions League quarter-final second leg against Liverpool, when they must chase down that three-goal deficit. The loss from last season is still in my mind. "We have to defend a little better in the second half".

So it was in keeping with an nearly surreal turnaround in the game, the atmosphere inside the Etihad and mood among the respective sets of supporters that Pogba turned match-winner.

Jose Mourinho has indicated that Pep Guardiola made a "mistake" in talking about Paul Pogba before the Manchester derby, but stressed that it had not created a problem with the Manchester City boss.

What Pogba had done was playground stuff.

And despite Pogba being named as the man of the match, the Frenchman didn't shy away from letting the world know that there was another star at the back because of whom the Old Trafford outfit clinched the massive victory.

Manchester United Paul Pogba Man City
GETTYPaul Pogba Manchester United star stopped Man City at the Etihad Stadium

The remarkable turnaround was complete when Smalling, badly at fault for Kompany's goal, arrived unmarked to steer Alexis Sanchez's free-kick past the exposed Ederson in the 69th minute. The Serbian was his usual solid self while Herrera had a good day as well, passing the ball well and with confidence and providing a refresher in game management, resorting to the dark arts when needed to thwart the danger.

While I wouldn't go that far, there is no doubt when he performs like he can, he is very, very good. "But he scored two fantastic goals and I'm really pleased for him".

In this occasion, Mourinho struggled over his team's first-half performance that meant his team started slowly but played to his expectation later in the game. Don't forget he had some injuries this season and that he had three months out, and it is not easy to come back after that.

"I gave them examples of many matches, teams losing 2-0 can recover".

"People expect a lot from you when you play for United".

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