Pogba: Seeing City Celebrate Would Have Been "like death" to United Fans

Pogba: Seeing City Celebrate Would Have Been

"He said that we didn't want to be the clowns standing there watching them get their title", match hero Chris Smalling revealed.

City were up 2-0 at the interval courtesy of Vincent Kompany and Ilkay Gundogan, and Pep Guardiola's pacesetters were unfortunate not to be further ahead following the opening half.

"If you analyse the game, we had the ball possession, we had the control, they just used the long balls and scored three goals."

It just makes you wonder why he can not perform like that more often.

They'll likely end the season with the title and League Cup, just like they did in 2014, United in 2009 and Chelsea in 2005.

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Revealing what Mourinho told the players at half-time, Smalling said: "The first half was awful, we dropped off, didn't play our game, and they could have been out of sight". He needs to be our main player because when he plays in that position he needs to resolve the games and he needs to take responsibilities.

'The manager didn't have to say much because we knew we'd let ourselves down.

"Otherwise, City will win the league again, because of the quality that they've got, the transfer window, they're going to improve, they're going to get better players".

Inspired by Barcelona's remarkable comeback from a 0-4 round of 16 first-leg deficit to Paris Saint-Germain to win 6-5 on aggregate past year, Guardiola insisted that it is possible to beat Liverpool if City are clinical on the night.

Danilo showed some good footwork to make his way into United's box in the first half but was eventually pegged back when the opposition raised the intensity in the second half. United were aided in their 1999 triumph by having a rival that refused to yield until the last day of the season. It is what it is.

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United's players will be sat at home twiddling their thumbs after bowing out to Sevilla in the previous round after a terrible Old Trafford defeat that was on par with their wretched first-half display at the Etihad Stadium.

"I needed improvement in terms of confidence of the defenders, also to bring the line-up so we could lose the ball and press a little bit".

The victory over City stretched United's unbeaten run to five games and remained a gap on the table between third-placed Liverpool and fourth-placed Tottenham, which has set a tone for United to complete their campaign in a second place.

Scored a thunderous header to hand City the lead and was uncompromising in defence by denying his compatriot Lukaku any chance at winning aerial duels. They are frustrated because they wanted to do it today but I congratulated them because they will win it and they deserve it.

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