Man City must move past United defeat quickly: Danilo

Take Roy Keane vs Juventus, or Wayne Rooney with his overhead kick vs Manchester City, or Robin van Persie throughout the 2012-13 season.

Manchester United defender Chris Smalling has lifted the lid on what Jose Mourinho said to his players at half time during the Manchester Derby on Saturday. "When we have three players, I know Matic will stay behind, and you have more freedom to go in front".

"My dream is that, as in the first half when we didn't concede anything, it would happen again in the second half", he added on City's unravelling against United.

Mourinho revealed he congratulated Guardiola after the game on winning the title, even if it is not yet mathematically confirmed. "Like all the season, I like to be with them and nothing else".

But his quality was certainly evident in the second half and he said he was motivated by the need to save face for United fans.

And at the heart of all of United's struggles was £89m man Paul Pogba.

City boss Guardiola claimed his club were offered the United midfielder by his agent, Mino Raiola, in January.

Requested whether or not it was a case of United being that a lot better within the second half or tiredness from Anfield creeping into the Metropolis aspect, the Brazil worldwide retorted: 'I do not agree with you as a result of for those who see the statistics of the sport, you analyse the sport, we had the ball possession, we had the management.

His second, headed in two minutes later, created an air of panic. It was probably his best game in a United shirt.

Danilo acted as the ideal replacement for Kyle Walker in the first half and managed to keep Alexis Sanchez at bay for quite some time.

The volume was increased by a clear injustice when referee Martin Atkinson ignored a nasty follow through from Ashley Young that floored substitute Sergio Aguero in the area as City chased an equaliser.

The title will be won but there were wider factors at play.

At half-time of what turned out to be a heavyweight Premier League clash for the ages, Manchester United looked dead and buried.

An absolutely sensational Manchester City, at least for the first 45 minutes, were routed in their path to glory in their own backyard by an electrifying Manchester United side, as the Red Devils completed an astounding comeback to shell-shock the Etihad.

It was a brilliant finish, but there will still be debate as to whether his days at the club are numbered.

"I came here to try to do what we've done all season, but maybe it's not enough to win at Champions League level or the Premier League", said Guardiola after Saturday's game.

The feeling is unlikely to last long but it was there all the same.

Arsenal 3-2 Southampton: Charlie Austin's return to contention has given Southampton some yearned-for firepower in attack - he's scored in each of his four Premier League matches against Arsenal - but encouraging performances from the Saints may come too late for Mark Hughes. Barring a miracle, they'll limp out of the Champions League quarterfinals to go with an embarrassing exit to League One Wigan in the FA Cup.

This would have been the flawless moment.

But the way in which City capitulated to United after the break raised questions that will have to be addressed by Guardiola as he plans for the future.

  • Julie Sanders