Mourinho congratulates City despite spoiling their party
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 08, 2018,
Apr 08, 2018, 4:42
"The only thing I can say is that we want to win, we don't want to offer them the game".
His words certainly caused a stir online, but days later, Paul Pogba proved his doubters wrong against after a wonderful second half display against Manchester City helped Manchester United to a famous win at the Etihad.
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has stated that it was not his intention to crash Manchester City's title celebration as he was more interested in getting the important three points.
In these opening 45 minutes Metropolis seemed to be effortlessly heading in the right direction to clinch a brand new English Premier League report by turning into the quickest staff to win the title.
Guardiola threw on Aguero, Jesus and De Bruyne in an attempt to prevent just a second league defeat of the season.
City manager, Pep Guardiola, revealed before the game that they had the chance to sign Pogba two months ago.
And Mourinho challenged his side to use their fightback as a springboard to a title challenge next season.
Going into the break 2-0 down United were rattled, but the visitors came out in the second-half a different team.
United and Mourinho ensured Guardiola and City were not having that moment at their expense.
The skipper all too easily lost Manchester United defender Chris Smalling to meet Leory Sane's corner with a bullet header to put his side in the driving seat.
City went into this derby with a 16-point lead so the triumph is a formality - but they and their fans wanted it now, a show of power and glory they could parade in front of their neighbours.
"The emphasis was that we did not want to be the clowns standing there watching them celebrating winning a trophy at the end". Again it was Pogba, who had been poor in the first half, who did the damage, rising to meet a deep Sanchez cross and angling his header into the bottom corner.
"The primary half was terrible, we dropped off did not play our recreation, and will have been out of sight".
Seven minutes after the restart, United pulled a goal back when Alexis Sanchez wriggled some room for a cross which Ander Herrera intelligently chested into the path of Pogba who slotted past Ederson to make it 2-1. Jesse Lingard burst forward as did Nemanja Matic, and the belief surged through United in a manner that it has not done since Ferguson vacated the stage.
He added: "Our team tried to create and attack, that is what we have done all season, we tried to produce all of that quality and goals". We have to be more focused on set pieces. "We have improved, but not enough to win the title".