SPORTHEADLINE: Manchester City 2-3 Manchester United: United spoil City’s title party as Chris Smalling completes remarkable comeback

Goals from Paul Pogba (2) and Chris Smalling saw United comeback from two goals down to win at the Etihad



Manchester United produced a remarkable comeback to ensure Manchester City’s march to the title would have to wait at least another week.

City romped into a two-goal lead thanks to Vincent Kompanys thumping header and Ilkay Gundogan’s neat finish to put them on course to seal the title against their rivals.

But an astonishing turnaround in the second half saw United comeback from two goals down to lead 3-2.

A brace from Paul Pogba pulled them level before Chris Smalling volleyed home from Alexis Sanchez’ free kick to put them in front.

City had strong appeals for a penalty turned down when Ashley Young scythed down Sergio Aguero in the box.

United withheld a late onslaught with David De Gea producing a great save late on to deny Aguero, before pushing a Raheem Sterling effort onto the post to ensure City’s quest for the title is not over yet.

Manchester City: Ederson, Danilo, Kompany (C), Otamendi, Delph, Fernandinho, Gundogan, Bernardo, Silva, Sane, Sterling

Subs: Bravo, Walker, Agüero, Laporte, De Bruyne, Jesus, Yaya Touré

Manchester United: De Gea, Valencia, Smalling, Bailly, Young, Matic, Herrera, Pogba, Lingard, Sanchez, Lukaku

Subs: Pereira, Lindelof, Rojo, McTominay, Mata, Martial, Rashford

The game is live on Sky Sports and UK subscribers can live stream through the Sky Go and Now TV apps. But you can, of course, follow all the action as it happens right here with Mirror Football.’

City fans call for Young red

Viewers have been left outraged after Ashley Young wasn’t shown a red card for a reckless studs-up challenge on Sergio Aguero during the Manchester derby.

After Manchester United had rallied back from 2-0 down to lead 2-3 through a Paul Pogba brace and a Chris Smalling goal, Pep Guardiola deployed his top scorer to rescue his side.

The ball found the Argentine just inside the box on the right hand side. It would have been a glorious chance for the striker had Young not gone flying in.

Another look at the Young/Aguero penalty incident

Some could argue Young deserved to see red for his reckless challenge on Aguero. He played the ball, but very little of it, and Aguero was fortunate to escape unharmed.

Ashley Young lunges at Sergio Aguero in the box
Ashley Young lunges at Sergio Aguero in the box (Image: PA)
Young catches Aguero on the follow through
Young catches Aguero on the follow through (Image: PA)
Aguero goes down under the challenge
Aguero goes down under the challenge (Image: PA)

A tale of two halves indeed…

Full time: Manchester City 2-3 Manchester United

What a game we’ve been treated to there folks. It’s all over and Manchester United have somehow emerged as victors.

They looked almost dead and buried at half time having been outplayed for the entirety of the first half and trailed by two goals to nil.

Vincent Kompany’s header set City on their way before Ilkay Gundogan doubled the advantage.

Raheem Sterling missed two chances to seal the win and he was made to rue them later.

United came out a different side in the second half with Paul Pogba providing the driving force.

He slotted past Ederson following Matic’s pass to make it 2-1, before heading home Sanchez’ cross moments later to equalise.

Chris Smalling then volleyed in another Sanchez cross to put United in front to complete the comeback.

City threw everything at United, with strong appeals for a penalty turned down after Ashley Young put a robust challenge on Sergio Aguero in the box.

David De Gea was called into action late on to deny Aguero and Sterling, but United held on to ensure City’s quest for the title is not over yet.

Chris Smalling of Manchester United celebrates scoring his side's third goal with Paul Pogba
Chris Smalling of Manchester United celebrates scoring his side’s third goal with Paul Pogba(Image: Getty Images)

Thanks for joining our commentary this evening. Until next time, goodbye.

Where to start with this one… Manchester City fail to clinch the Premier League crown against their bitter rivals Manchester United, allowing a two-goal lead to slip, succumbing to a 3-2 defeat on home soil. Goals from Vincent Kompany and Ilkay Gundogan appeared to have put the Sky Blues on course for the title. However, Gundogan and Raheem Sterling missed a host of chances before the break. That proved to be costly as United found their form in the second half led by an inspired performance from Paul Pogba. The Frenchman netted twice in the space of two minutes to draw his team level. Chris Smalling then put Jose Mourinho’s men ahead with a close-range to complete the unlikely turnaround. There was still time for drama involving Sergio Aguero as he was denied a good shout for a penalty, while he also saw a headed effort brilliantly saved by David de Gea. An incredible match, and City will have to wait a little bit longer for their crown. More worryingly for Pep Guardiola is the effect the result will have on his players ahead of their Champions League clash against Liverpool on Tuesday.


The game is boiling over now as Pogba takes out Otamendi on the charge. The Argentine reacts, but Ederson stops him before he reaches the Frenchman. Pogba goes into the book for his challenge.

Aguero is furious about not getting the penalty and he voices his displeasure to the official. It was a shocking challenge from Young and should have been a red card along with a penalty, but it’s the Argentine who goes into the book.

Fernandinho flies into a challenge with Lingard after the penalty incident. It causes a mass melee between the teams, which takes a couple minutes of bring under control. Fernandinho is rightfully booked for a swipe.

PENALTY SHOUT!!! City hit the visitors on the break and De Bruyne threads a pass into the feet of Aguero. Young throws himself into a challenge after the Argentine took the ball on the instep and brought down the forward. The referee dismissed the appeal though.

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