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Danilo: Manchester City need to put derby disappointment behind them

10 April 2018

It was a tale of two halves for Paul Pogba and Manchester United in the thrilling derby victory over Manchester City yesterday. "I want to congratulate City for the title because they are going to win and deservedly". Sterling passed the ball to Gundogan, who spun away from Smalling and slammed it into the net at minute 30 for a 2-0 lead.

More than the loss itself, it would be the manner of it that would concern the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach.

"Now we need six points to finish top four, and now we need three less to finish second which is our target after finishing top four", Mourinho said, pointedly. Their capitulation in defence was pretty embarrassing and gave another insight into the team's weakness that opponents could potentially exploit. Take Roy Keane vs Juventus, or Wayne Rooney with his overhead kick vs Manchester City, or Robin van Persie throughout the 2012-13 season. These are some of their qualities that shine and inspire other teams.

Tuesday sees Liverpool roll into town for a crunch Champions League quarter-final tie, with City facing an uphill battle after the first leg ended in a shock 3-0 defeat at Anfield.

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In a largely subdued first half, both home goalkeeper Jordan Pickford and the visitors' Loris Karius were extended.

"The oldest guys with the most experience - Ash [Ashley Young], Mike [Carrick] were in the dressing room - they have the power in their words", said Herrera when asked what had been behind the turnaround. However, he improved in the second half and put in some crucial challenges although was lucky not to concede a penalty. Too often in big matches, the Portuguese tactician have been relying on a direct approach to score goals and focusing on ensuring defensive solidity and caution.

Pogba hasn't been anywhere near the player we hoped he would be when he signed for United for a then world-record fee of £89million in August 2016.

United mounted its comeback in the second half. "Because the way he played is only possible when he's focused on the game".

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However, a quick-fire Paul Pogba double sparked a United comeback at the start of the second period, with Chris Smalling applying the finishing touch to a magical afternoon. He made a few decent runs down the right hand side especially in the second half.

The Argentine was denied a potentially brilliant equalizer by an excellent save from David de Gea in the 89 minute.

The match was also important for Mourinho. They showed that when they are afforded the opportunity to do what they do best - attack with flair, pace, and freedom - United are a far stronger outfit.

RD: It was a good time to play City and even though it was a strong side, they weren't at full strength.

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Danilo: Manchester City need to put derby disappointment behind them