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Report: Manchester United earn a 3-2 derby day victory, coming from 2-0 down – party spoiled

Manchester United beat Manchester City 3-2 to stop them winning the Premier League title this weekend. 2-0 down at half-time saw the side emerge from the dressing room determined to get something from this game. A brace from Paul Pogba in two minutes, inside the first ten minutes of the second half, plus a banger from Chris Smalling saw the red side of Manchester emerge, again!

It was not the best of starts in the Manchester derby for Manchester United. Manchester City broke forward inside the opening minutes and with United trying to avert danger, Ashley Young slipped in the box, putting his hand down to break his fall and the ball rolled across it, despite him attempting to put his head in the way. City wanted a penalty, which was not given.

United then attempted to press their hosts high up the pitch but City’s ability, both on and off the ball, kept them threatening inside the initial ten minutes of the match. The tempo of the game started to slow down soon after with City having a few moments of magic, not able to break the deadlock. In the 21st minute of the match, David Silva tried his luck with a long-range effort which was off target.

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Just after Silva’s effort, City broke forward again through Bernardo Silva but United were able to get the ball back and clear the danger, to an array of whistles from the home supporters. City broke the deadlock in the 25th minute of the match through Vincent Kompany, getting the better of Chris Smalling, who was pulling his shirt, heading past David De Gea. A clean sheet was good while it lasted.

It seemed like it was going to be one of those games that United failed to turn up after İlkay Gündoğan doubled the home sides lead in the 30th minute of the match, Smalling again failing to read the game, continuing his poor decision-making and inability to read the game into practice. Raheem Sterling broke through minutes later, hitting his effort over the crossbar and into the crowd.

Sterling had another opportunity in the 36th minute of the match, again hitting his shot off target. Ander Herrera was booked a minute later after fouling Fernandinho, earning his fifth yellow card of the season. With five minutes, plus stoppage time, of the half remaining, City were still dominating. Romelu Lukaku was booked in stoppage time, the half ending with City dominating, 2-0 up.

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At the start of the second half, there were no changes for either team. The United dressing room may have been eventful during the break – perhaps we will find out by the way the team reacts in the second half. United seemed to be playing a bit better and Paul Pogba managed a shot on target, which forced a save out of Ederson in the 49th minute.

United drew blood in the 53rd minute of the match with Pogba beating Ederson after Herrera chested the ball in the box and allowed the Frenchman to strike. 2-1. United still trailed but it was a sign of something from Jose Mourinho’s side, which was lacking in the first half. Pogba scored again two minutes later, sparking what could turn into a good game for United.

City were threatening after their chances of winning the league today had been put into doubt with a draw on the cards, which would be a great result for United. The fact that United have caused a reaction after the break is what should be dominating the headlines in the newspapers tomorrow, but knowing the media, they will still be moaning about an embargo being broken on Friday.

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United seemed a different side with a quarter of the match still remaining. The tables had been turned and City were the ones having to look hard at themselves. Despite having a few good chances, they had been limited since the break. Marcus Rashford was getting warmed up ready for Mourinho to make the first change of the game.

United won a free-kick just outside the City area with Alexis Sanchez taking the set-piece. The ball was lofted into the box and out of nowhere, Chris Smalling put United ahead for the first time in the game, 3-2 to United. City made a double substitution after the goal with David Silva and Bernardo Silva making way for Gabriel Jesus and Kevin De Bruyne.

With just over 15 minutes remaining, Herrera tried to tackle Gündoğan, seemingly fouling him but the German fouled him too. The Spaniard was on a yellow and could have seen further punishment head his way. The referee gave nothing. Pep Guardiola made his third change with Sergio Agüero replacing Gündoğan.

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There was a bit of a kerfuffle after Ashley Young fouled Agüero in the box, which could have been a penalty, nothing given. Jesse Lingard broke forward with the ball and both Fernandinho and Kompany fouled the Academy graduate, the former being booked, getting his tenth card of the season. Another kerfuffle broke as Ederson was offended Agüero was not given a penalty.

Paul Pogba was booked for a foul on Nicolas Otamendi, from behind, which looked bad from the front but seemed to show Pogba getting the ball from another angle. Rashford came on for Sanchez in the 82nd minute with United still leading 3-2 and seeking to spoil the party, which may have been penciled in for City this evening. Scott McTominay then replaced Lingard in the 85th minute.

United have become a completely different team in the second half, which shows that there was something to fight for. The fact they have come from two goals down, to leading 3-2 shows that defeat is something that the team will not accept. Manchester United will never die and that is the fighting spirit need to continue showing.

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With 90 seconds remaining, before added time, City had a chance to equalise but David De Gea made a save, pushing the ball over the crossbar. City were knocking on the door again, Sterling had an opportunity to score moments later, unable to flick it in. City then had another corner, the third on succession, this time Rashford broke forward to break City’s dominance in the latter stages.

Rashford was fouled by Danilo, the fourth City player to be booked in this game. Five minutes of stoppage time was added to the end of the match and City then earned another yellow card, this time for Kompany. Jesus then got himself in the book, meaning six City players had now been booked in this game, half of them in the past few minutes.

Mourinho made his final change of the game with Victor Lindelof replacing Herrera four minutes into stoppage time. Mere seconds remained in the match and United were still ahead, which will continue an unbelievable week for City fas, who thought they had United just where they wanted them. A defeat at home must he bard for them to take.

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Goals: Paul Pogba 53′, 55′, Chris Smalling 69′

Assists: Ander Herrera 53′, Alexis Sanchez 55′, 69′

Manchester United: De Gea; Valencia, Smalling, Bailly, Young; Herrera (Lindelof 90+4′), Matic, Pogba; Lingard (McTominay 85′), Lukaku, Sanchez (Rashford 82′)

Substitutes Not Used: Pereira; Rojo; Mata; Martial

Bookings: Ander Herrera 37′, Romelu Lukaku 45′

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