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The second-half of the Manchester derby was easily the best football we’ve seen all year

Man United pulled off a stunning comeback to deny City the Premier League title... for now

It’s time to catch your breath, folks. 

Because the Manchester derby was everything we love about football and more.

Comebacks, great goals, drama, hard-tackles, heroes, villains and Alex Sanchez.

Where do we start?

Game of the season? We think so

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Game of the season? We think so

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Well, City went in at half-time 2-0 up and we all thought it’d be plain-sailing to the Premier League title from there.

But Jose Mourinho and his players had something else in mind and we can only imagine what he said in the dressing room at the break.

Pogba grabbed United’s first of the second-half to spark the comeback

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Pogba grabbed United’s first of the second-half to spark the comeback

Paul Pogba, whose name made the headlines on Friday when Pep Guardiola admitted his agent Mino Raiola offered him to City in January, grabbed a surprise goal on the 53rd minute.

And he only went and got the equaliser as well, with the Frenchman linking up with Alexis Sanchez who clipped the ball into the box for Pogba to rise high and powerfully head downwards past Ederson.

The second was lovely

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The second was lovely

But who would’ve expected a three goal turnaround, courtesy of Chris Smalling?

Smalling was undoubtedly at fault for Vincent Kompany’s opener, but full-on redeemed himself when he met with Sanchez’s free-kick into the box with a clean strike on the 69th minute.

Unbelievable scenes.

We went into this one thinking Liverpool’s Premier League clash against Man City in January was the game of the season, but this one trumps it thanks to the non-stop minute-to-minute drama.

Smalling completed the turnaround

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Smalling completed the turnaround

Pogba and Sanchez each pulled off their best performances in a United shirt to date, while City went into full meltdown as their title win slipped through their fingers.

Fernandinho, Sergio Aguero, Danilo, Gabriel Jesus and Vincent Kompany each received bookings, as tempers flared between the two sets of players.

It all got very heated

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It all got very heated

City will feel rightly aggrieved by some of the decisions by referee Martin Aktinson, especially being denied two clear penalties, which included a nasty challenge by Ashley Young on Aguero.

As if that wasn’t enough, David De Gea did what he does best by pulling off a sensational save in the 89th minute to deny Aguero a late equaliser.

De Gea’s 89th minute save was world class

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De Gea’s 89th minute save was world class

So what next?

City cannot secure the title next week at Wembley when they face Spurs, with Guardiola’s side now needing two wins to mathematically get their hands on the Premier League trophy.

For what it’s worth, here’s what the best of Twitter had to say about today’s game.

Quite plainly, everything we thought we knew about football this season has been called into question, with Mourinho’s side playing some stunning football while City looked well and truly shell-shocked.

What’s going on with Guardiola’s side?


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