Pogba At The Double To Spoil City's Title Party

Arnold Nichols
April 9, 2018

Chris Smalling made up for his first-half clanger by scoring a dramatic victor after Jose Mourinho had urged his players at half-time not to become the Etihad clowns.

The Red Devils went two goals down before half-time as Vincent Kompany and Ilkay Gundogan scored to put City in command.

Paul Pogba bagged a brilliant brace before Smalling made up for his shoddy marking earlier to score the victor.

"Every time after training he says: 'Come, look at this run, you can kill because nobody can stop you.' It's hard to make this run (for the goal) in a two, because you have to stay and you have to control".

Arsenal legend Thierry Henry, now a pundit for Sky Sports, spoke to Pogba about the match as the duo dissected the midfielder's second-half goals against the Sky Blues.

A choke by City, and what a win for United.

City then started the second half in similar fashion as Gundogan clipped the post with a curling effort but Pogba's quick double interrupted their rhythm and reversed the momentum. Big game, big player, " a user wrote about the Manchester United No. 7.

"Of course we are sad for ourselves, for our fans - but we still have 13 points advantage and goal difference", he said.

But former Liverpool man, Souness, who has lashed out at Pogba since his world record fee move to United on several occasions wouldn't allow the statement sit there unopposed. Our team tried to create and attack, that is what we have done all season, we tried to produce all of that quality and goals. But as far as our intention, there are no complaints'.

Without giving United time to react, Guardiola's squad came on five minutes later to apparently wrap up the title without waiting another day. They found their game, they have their spirit.

The first 20 minutes were very slow, with City struggling to find offense without a recognized striker and United more than happy to just defend and not offer anything going forward. It is what it is.

"We deserve a bit more respect than people give", he told the BBC.

"We have to focus on what we did wrong and we must improve, but we must not forget what we did all season".

"I didn't want to lose against City, the loss from last season is still in my mind. To lose against City and to see them celebrate, I couldn't let that happen", he said.

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