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3 winners and losers from the Manchester Derby

Ashwin Asok
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10.34K   //    08 Apr 2018, 02:31 IST

Manchester City v Manchester United - Premier League

Oh my, oh my! Have you caught your breath yet?

To simply put it, on a night when Manchester City were playing to clinch the silverware, Manchester United were playing for pride.

City needed a win to become champions but things didn't turn out to be so straightforward.

Captain Vincent Kompany gave them the lead with a bullet header from a corner and Ilkay Gundogan doubled the lead in the 30th minute following some good work inside the box. City headed into half-time with a 2-0 lead and may have started their celebrations a bit early.

A rampant United was let off loose by Mourinho in the second half and Paul Pogba scored a brace, with just 97 seconds between the goals, to draw level. The first one was a deft finish after a brilliant chest-off from Ander Herrera while he rose highest to Sanchez's cross to head it expertly past Ederson to equalise.

As if that didn't dampen City's spirits, Manchester United took the lead in the 69th minute as Chris Smalling put it past a helpless Ederson from Sanchez's free kick, a goal that would eventually turn out to be the winner.

City applied pressure relentlessly but in vain. United pulled off a trademark comeback victory to delay City's coronation.

Here are the biggest winners and losers from the game.


#3 Manchester United fans

Manchester City v Manchester United - Premier League
United gave it all in the second half

If there was one thing going on every Red Devil's mind this morning, it was to hope that United can delay City's celebrations. Local bragging rights were at stake.

The last thing they wanted was to see their "noisy neighbours" clinching the title before their very eyes. And their prayers were answered.

Despite an insipid first-half performance that saw them going 2-0 down within the half-hour mark, United returned with a sense of purpose and produced the brand of football their fans craved for. And they reaped the benefits.

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