Danilo: Manchester City need to put derby disappointment behind them

Apr 09, 2018, 00:34
Danilo: Manchester City need to put derby disappointment behind them

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba revealed why he felt disappointed despite winning the man of the match award in the scintillating 3-2 comeback victory over fierce rivals Manchester City at the Etihad.

Vincent Kompany's powerful header broke the deadlock before Ilkay Gundogan spun away from Nemanja Matic to double the home side's lead five minutes later. Chris Smalling completed the comeback that looked so improbable when City were well on course to round off a resounding march towards the title by racing into a 2-0 first-half lead.

"I think there's no better feeling than to score that victor in a derby and obviously make up for the first goal, which was my mistake", the defender said.

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"In the second we saw a different player". But as soon as Pep Guardiola put Raheem Sterling in as a False Nine and moved Bernardo Silva over to the right wing, the game changed and City looked like the best team in the league again.

"And then when we saw this, and I think Ashley Young does get a bit on the ball, but that bit after, that could be a leg breaker". It's a very important result for us because we need six points to finish in the top four and that's the compulsory objective.

It's true, Man United would have been the laughing stock of the Premier League if they just let Man City win the title easily.

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"I gave them examples of many matches, teams losing 2-0 can recover".

But City, who would have been crowned champions with victory, will have to wait as second-placed United narrowed the gap to 13 points ensuring there were no celebrations on derby day. This performance shows that United are capable of playing really well, but the question remains of they will do enough to catch City next season and celebrate something truly worthy of celebrating. "If they won they are champions, for all the fans it would be like death".

Jose Mourinho's side was barely able to get into City's half. Without VAR to review the play, City was left with no recourse and United - with some help from goalie David de Gea - went on to claim the win, one that will only draw the ire of United haters.

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"When I play in a two-man system, I always have the thing on my mind to protect my defence, Pogba admitted to his compatriot Henry. Now we've beaten Liverpool and City close".

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