Man United player ratings as United's Paul Pogba nets a 9 but Bailly flops

Matt Jones 8/04/2018
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A jubilant Chris Smalling celebrates after scoring United's winner.

Manchester United produced a quite unbelievable comeback to turn a 2-0 half-time deficit into a 3-2 win and deny hated rivals Manchester City the chance to win the Premier League title at the Etihad.

As poor as the Red Devils were in the opening 45 minutes – City’s 2-0 interval advantage was the least they deserved for a rampant display – Jose Mourinho’s men were magnificent in the second 45.

Vincent Kompany – a scorer on this ground against the same opponents as City clinched a maiden Premier League title six years ago – headed the hosts in front, with Ilkay Gundogan turning and firing in a fine second in a rampant first half display.

They should have been home and hosed but a different United showed up for the second half, with Paul Pogba’s 90-second brace leveling the score  with 10 minutes of the second half gone.

Chris Smalling then steered in Alexis Sanchez’s curling free-kick to give United the lead. And they withstood the City onslaught as Pep Guardiola’s side were left to wait to lift their trophy.

David De Gea somehow tips over Sergio Aguero's header.

David De Gea somehow tips over Sergio Aguero’s header. 

MANCHESTER UNITED (4-3-3)

David De Gea – 7: Poor distribution put his side in trouble on a few occasions, but stunning save from Aguero underlined his status as the world’s best

Antonio Valencia – 5: Given the runaround by Sterling with United’s back four all at sea. Steered his side through choppy waters to a swashbuckling victory

Chris Smalling – 6: Weak for the opener, positional naïvity led to second. Old failings revisited but was reviltalised after the break and calm finish for winner

Eric Bailly – 5: Easily United’s best central defender but below par here. Pulled around by Sane and Sterling, but bounced back in second period

Ashley Young – 6: Epitomised United’s two halves. Horribly exposed in first. Committed and heroic in the second. Lucky an overzealous tackle on Aguero didn’t result in red

Ander Herrera – 7: A shock inclusion considering he’s played twice in six weeks. Stifled City attacks and got under opponents’ skins. Sumptuous assist for Pogba

Nemanja Matic – 6: Looked past his prime as City sauntered forward in the first half, but reined in their marauding midfield after the break

Paul Pogba – 9: United’s one bright spark even in a forgetful first half. Led the comeback. Why can’t he play like this all the time?

Jesse Lingard – 6: One of the few United players who would have felt truly hurt at half-time. A relatively docile display but energy levels never dipped

Romelu Lukaku – 6: Horribly isolated in the first half, Mourinho pushed team-mates closer to him after the break and he brought them into play

Alexis Sanchez – 8: Another week, another telling contribution to a game. Two assists from the Chilean turned it on its head

SUBS:

Marcus Rashford – 6: Little time to make an impact but worked hard going forward and back

Scott McTominay – 6: Not overawed in his brief cameo

Victor Lindelof – N/A: Pushed on as an auxiliary midfielder in stoppage time

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Matt Jones 7/04/2018
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Leroy Sane was revitalised after his Liverpool nightmare, but still finished on the losing side.

Manchester United produced a quite unbelievable comeback to turn a 2-0 half-time deficit into a 3-2 win and deny hated rivals Manchester City the chance to win the Premier League title at the Etihad.

As poor as the Red Devils were in the opening 45 minutes – City’s 2-0 interval advantage was the least they deserved for a rampant display – Jose Mourinho’s men were magnificent in the second 45.

Vincent Kompany – a scorer on this ground against the same opponents as City clinched a maiden Premier League title six years ago – headed the hosts in front, with Ilkay Gundogan turning and firing in a fine second in a rampant first half display.

They should have been home and hosed but a different United showed up for the second half, with Paul Pogba’s 90-second brace leveling the score  with 10 minutes of the second half gone.

Chris Smalling then steered in Alexis Sanchez’s curling free-kick to give United the lead. And they withstood the City onslaught as Pep Guardiola’s side were left to wait to lift their trophy.

Bernardo Silva had a day to forget in City's defeat.

Bernardo Silva had a day to forget in City’s defeat.

MANCHESTER CITY (4-3-3)

Ederson – 6: His excellent distribution fits the mould of a Guardiola keeper. Could do little for either United’s three goals

Danilo – 4: Somehow only received a maiden booking in the closing minutes, when he could easily have collected two much earlier

Vincent Kompany – 6: Remains a huge presence when fit and a scorer of crucial goals for City, but lost his composure as United fought back

Nicolas Otamendi – 5: Untroubled in the first half, seemed to retreat when United charged. Temper ruled his head in a testy second half

Fabian Delph – 6: A player regularly featuring out of position but he never looks out of his depth

Ilkay Gundogan – 7: Stunning pivot and finish offered a glimpse of the huge talent City still haven’t seen the best of

Fernandinho – 5: Supposed to be City’s midfield rock, but regularly gave away possession and showed his frustration when he lashed out at Lingard

David Silva – 7: Was at the heart of everything good that City did, but faded when United turned the tables

Bernardo Silva – 4: Commendable when called upon this season, the Portuguese was anonymous as he struggled in an admittedly alien central striker role

Raheem Sterling – 7: The winger was everywhere. Set up Gundogan for the second, but his busy display was ruined by a hatful of missed chances

Leory Sane – 8: Abysmal at Anfield in the week, the German was the architect of United’s first-half misery, tormenting Antonio Valencia

SUBS:

Kevin De Bruyne – 6: Dictated City’s attacks when he was summoned from the bench, but could not penetrate the red wall

Gabriel Jesus – 6: Thrown on as City feel behind but let the occasion get the better of him

Sergio Aguero – 6: Denied an equaliser by a breathtaking De Gea save 

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Paul Pogba sparks unlikely Man United comeback as Man City are made to wait

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Paul Pogba sparked an unlikely comeback as Manchester United forced Manchester City to delay their title celebrations with a 3-2 victory in a remarkable derby.

City looked on course to wrap up the Premier League crown with a record six games to spare as they swept into a 2-0 half-time lead at the Etihad Stadium with goals from Vincent Kompany and Ilkay Gundogan.

Their advantage should have been greater as they wasted a hatful of other chances, with Raheem Sterling particularly guilty, in a first half that seemed embarrassingly one-sided.

But Pogba, the subject of much pre-match attention after City boss Pep Guardiola claimed he was offered the player, led a revival with two goals after the break before Chris Smalling snatched a winner.

There was controversy in the latter stages as Sergio Aguero was denied a penalty following an aggressive challenge from Ashley Young but United held on.

It seemingly remains only a matter of time before City, who are still 13 points clear, take the title but the manner of the loss was shattering coming soon after Wednesday’s Champions League defeat at Liverpool.

City initially fed on the raucous atmosphere as United’s attempts to play more openly than they did in their December derby loss played into their hands.

Young twice got the benefit of the doubt from referee Martin Atkinson after the ball struck his arm and and then after clash with Sterling.

Sterling repeatedly troubled the United defence and he played in David Silva, who fired over, and Bernardo Silva, who failed to get away a clean shot.

The opener came from a corner in the 25th minute as Kompany ignored the shirt-pulling of Smalling to reach Leroy Sane’s cross and power a header past David De Gea in trademark fashion.

The second followed quickly as Gundogan combined with Sterling and then brilliantly turned away from Nemanja Matic to poke a shot into the bottom corner.

Further chances came thick and fast as City found their groove. Sterling could easily have had a hat-trick before the break as he twice shot over after breaking clear and then hit another drive at De Gea. David Silva missed another opportunity and De Gea saved a Gundogan header.

Gundogan hit a post early in the second half but United, with the blue-haired Pogba coming to the fore after a dismal opening period, finally woke up.

Pogba first had a sighter as he forced Ederson to save low down. He then pounced from close range to reduce the arrears after Ander Herrera chested down an Alexis Sanchez cross.

That fired up Pogba, who moments later equalised as he raced on to another Sanchez cross to head past Ederson.

City tried to regain control but they allowed their concentration to slip as Sanchez delivered a free-kick into the area, Smalling got ahead of Kompany and volleyed past Ederson to put United ahead.

City quickly sent on Kevin De Bruyne and Aguero to retrieve the situation and the latter was aggrieved after going down as Young tackled fiercely in the area.

Tempers from both sides flared in the aftermath but United were to have their day with De Gea saving late on from Aguero and Sterling having another effort cleared off the line.

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