Man United’s unbelievable comeback against City in yesterday’s Premier League clash will be remembered for years to come.
United were trailing their Manchester rivals 2-0 at half-time, thanks to goals from Vincent Kompany and Ilkay Gundogan.
But two goals from Paul Pogba early in the second-half sparked a brilliant fightback with Chris Smalling scoring the eventual winner to deny their rivals the Premier League crown.
And according to Smalling, it was the manager’s words at the break that left the City fans crying in the end.
Asked what Mourinho said, Smalling revealed: “The manager didn’t have to say much at half-time as we knew ourselves as players it was a poor performance.
“He said that he didn’t want to be the clowns standing there watching them get their title.
“City have been fantastic here all season, but we stepped up and won the game.”
Smalling further revealed that United were feeling sorry for each other at the break as City had one hand on the Premier League title.
He said: “At half-time we were feeling sorry for ourselves.
“We wanted to go out there and play with pride and I thought we fully deserved it in the end.
“The first half was terrible, we dropped off, didn’t play our game, and could have been out of sight.”
And talking about his great finish that came from Alexis Sanchez’s pinpoint delivery, Smalling added: “When you make a mistake you want an opportunity to make amends.
“You could see the relief after the first goal and I am just glad to contribute.”
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