Man United's Paul Pogba needed that 'like you wouldn't believe'

Man United's Paul Pogba needed that 'like you wouldn't believe'

France global Pogba played a key role as United made City wait for confirmation of the Premier League title as they fought back from 2-0 down to win 3-2.

"After a second half like this, we have to do that all the time".

And Chris Smalling, so fragile in the United defense in the first half, came through with the victor in the 69th minute when he was left unmarked to meet Alexis Sanchez's free kick. Via City's official Twitter, he claims to have congratulated him on the result and that was it.

Paul Pogba celebrating against Manchester City in the 3-2 win.

By half time, the pressure was further increased, as Manchester United were 2-0 down, and Pogba was looking lethargic at best.

"In that level in that competition when you have chances you have to score", said City manager Pep Guardiola.

There may also be an unexpected positive from yesterday's defeat as well as the harrowing loss to Liverpool at Anfield - which itself was a more meaningful defeat since it had a tangible effect on City's trophy ambitions this season unless of a legendary comeback on Tuesday night. (Sanchez) always tells me when you pass me the ball, 'Just make the run, I see you'. United created four chances, which isn't too much.

United's win at Etihad Stadium cut City's lead at the top of the Premier League table to 13 points with six games left to play.

Pogba's second was created by Alexis Sanchez and the Chilean's free-kick also teed up Chris Smalling's victor as United's two landmark signings of the Jose Mourinho era clicked together for the first time.

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Mourinho revealed he congratulated Guardiola after the game on winning the title, even if it is not yet mathematically confirmed. He then pounced from close range to reduce the arrears after Ander Herrera chested down an Alexis Sanchez cross.

Neville stressed that United fans "don't want robots, they want characters", but added: "Then it is demonstrating it on the pitch and doing it consistently".

"We are sad for our fans, but we still have 84 points and now we have to be courageous to stand up again and focus on Liverpool".

Pep Guardiola's side needed a win to claim the Premier League title, and were seemingly on course for victory at 2-0 up in the first half.

The Red Devils had overturned a two-goal deficit to lead 3-2, but Young felled Aguero with a reckless tackle in the 18-yard area.

City go into the game 3-0 down from the first leg and on this showing do not look as though they have enough to turn it around.

There were just 97 seconds between Pogba's first and second goals. The nadir was Chris Smalling's goal, being given acres of space to sidefoot home Alexis Sanchez's cross as no one in City's defence took responsibility to challenge him, especially Otamendi.

His shots at Champions League glory in his first two seasons at Bayern Munich were also ruined by three goals in quick succession for Real Madrid and Barcelona in the semi-finals.

United play bottom side West Brom at Old Trafford next Sunday.