It was a game of two halves as City dominated the first 45 minutes and deservedly went 2-0 up with goals from Vincent Kompany and Ilkay Gundogan.
Manchester City’s Premier League champagne is on ice, courtesy of their nearest neighbours.
Guardiola made a beeline for Pogba at full-time but claimed to have only congratulated him for the win and not mentioned his pre-match comments.
Guardiola admitted that City had only themselves to blame for throwing away the two-goal lead.
Pep Guardiola remained philosophical amid the obvious disappointment of Manchester City’s derby capitulation as an astonishing Manchester United comeback delayed the Premier League title party. Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Juventus and Bayern again – European royalty lined up to topple Ferguson’s men, and nobody could do it. Their capitulation in defence was pretty embarrassing and gave another insight into the team’s weakness that opponents could potentially exploit.
“Without any doubt [the City fans were great]”. These are some of their qualities that shine and inspire other teams.
Luckily for their supporters it did as United followed Liverpool in beating Pep Guardiola’s men in the league.
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. “You score one goal and your confidence goes up”. To be honest, he wouldn’t have got in Tranmere’s team the way he performed in the first half on Saturday.
That all changed in the span of 17 second half minutes. “Because the way he played is only possible when he’s focused on the game”.
Jose Mourinho’s United have certainly underperformed in certain respects this season.
It was a playful line delivered with a smile but Mourinho will want to see more of this from Pogba. It was Smalling who volleyed home the victor to complete the comeback but it was Pogba who received the unlikeliest of man of the match awards after Gary Neville had spoken for many in saying he could have had no complaints had he been substituted at the break.
Ex-England, Chelsea and Manchester City midfielder Frank Lampard said on Match of the Day: “A lot has been spoken about him all season, for good and for bad”.
The match was also important for Mourinho.
Why can’t they play like that more often?
Pogba scored twice in the space of three minutes to stun the City crowd, the first a courageous finish beyond the advancing Ederson after Ander Herrera had chested the ball into his team-mate’s path. At full time, Pogba was seen telling Manchester United’s traveling fans to not listen to what they read and hear.
But they will have to sharpen up defensively, because they have been all over the place in the last two games, conceding six 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.
“This is definitely sending out a marker for the rest of the season and beyond”.