Manchester United spoils party for City

039;Couldn't finish an Ikea meatball platter'- Fans tear into Raheem Sterling after abysmal performance against Manchester United

039;Couldn't finish an Ikea meatball platter'- Fans tear into Raheem Sterling after abysmal performance against Manchester United

Manchester United defender Chris Smalling talked to Sky Sport after the Red Devils' 3-2 win against Manchester City.

But United sprung a stunning comeback, with Paul Pogba scoring twice before Chris Smalling volleyed home the victor to delay City's title party.

City shredded United apart in the first half, with Vincent Kompany and Ilkay Gundogan scoring in a six-minute span.

The immediate implication of the loss was the postponement of their title celebrations, which will surely still happen at some stage in the coming weeks with Pep Guardiola's side enjoying a 13-point lead.

As for Manchester United, their only motivation is ensuring they don't have to suffer the humiliation of watching City celebrate the title on the same pitch as them. As long as they pick up three points in their next seven games, they'll be champions. What is even worse is that they had a 2-0 lead.

However, by fighting back United consolidated their place in second, four points clear of Liverpool, and sent a message that they can compete with City next season.

"We wanted to win this game, I won't deny that, but we always knew who we were playing", Guardiola said. Football is boxes. So when you miss the three chances we had in front of De Gea, so at the end the game is over.

However, it all went wrong after the break as United mounted a superb comeback and City once again leaked goals.

Yet without the league's top scorer Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino in a very different starting XI to the one that outplayed Manchester City, Liverpool looked to have the Champions League return on their minds.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola hopes Manchester United did not inflict too much damage on his side ahead of Tuesday's quarter-final second leg clash with Liverpool in the Champions League.

"For Pogba to come out in the second half and score those two goals. he needed that, he absolutely needed that more than ever because there were big questions being asked before this game, during this game and at half-time".

RD: I think United fans will have been quite happy when they saw Jose Mourinho's team with Ander Herrera as the third midfielder. "We have a good chance to finish second now, we needed points to make sure we could do that and we managed to get them in the most hard place, the stadium where no one else in the league has managed to win this season".

City were left justifiably aggrieved after Ashley Young flew in on Sergio Aguero in the penalty area, but no spot-kick was given. Manchester City went into halftime up 2-0, and it could have easily been 4-0 or 5-0 if not for Raheem Sterling blowing his chances.

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