In Brief

Man City 2 Man Utd 3: Smalling and Pogba spoil the Etihad party

Manchester City will have to wait to secure the Premier League title

Manchester United staged a stunning comeback to beat Manchester City 3-2 at the Etihad Stadium - and denied their rivals securing the Premier League title.

City went into the match knowing that three points would confirm them as Premier League champions. In the derby captain Vincent Kompany gave City the best possible start when he headed the opening goal after 25 minutes.

Then five minutes later Ilkay Gundogan doubled City’s lead. The home fans were in dreamland and City should have extended their lead before half-time but Raheem Sterling failed to hit the target with two guilt-edged chances.

Going into the break 2-0 down United were rattled, but the visitors came out in the second-half a different team.

Paul Pogba scored two in two minutes to bring them level and after 69 minutes they were in front when Chris Smalling volleyed home from close range.

City could have equalised late on but Sergio Aguero’s header was superbly saved by United keeper David de Gea and the visitors held on for the win.

United’s victory has only delayed City from winning the Premier League for a few more weeks.

After the match United boss Jose Mourinho congratulated his rivals. He said: “Our challenge is to finish second but I want to congratulate City for the title because they are going to win and deservedly. They gave no chance to the others because they had this season of don’t stop winning.

“My objective here was to get points and not spoil any celebrations. The point is can we improve enough to catch them next season?”

We look at how Twitter reacted to United’s victory in the Manchester derby:

Recommended

All at sixes and sevens: a mad day in Premier League history
Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian bumps fists with Aston Villa hat-trick hero Ollie Watkins
In Depth

All at sixes and sevens: a mad day in Premier League history

Paul Pogba’s ‘priority’ is to join Real Madrid
Paul Pogba starred as France won the 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russia
In Brief

Paul Pogba’s ‘priority’ is to join Real Madrid

Sport shorts: Lewis Hamilton reveals his ‘driving force’
Lewis Hamilton
In Brief

Sport shorts: Lewis Hamilton reveals his ‘driving force’

F1 2021 season guide
F1 Bahrain Grand Prix
In Focus

F1 2021 season guide

Popular articles

Ten Things You Need to Know Today: 1 March 2021
10 Downing Street
Daily Briefing

Ten Things You Need to Know Today: 1 March 2021

Best TV crime dramas to watch in 2021
Line of Duty series six returns to BBC One in 2021
In Depth

Best TV crime dramas to watch in 2021

Are Harry and Meghan pushing it with their request for press privacy?
Harry and Meghan
The latest on . . .

Are Harry and Meghan pushing it with their request for press privacy?