Manchester United came from 0-2 down to produce a stunning second half comeback to win 3-2 at the Etihad Stadium and delay Manchester City’s Premier League title celebrations for at least another week.
Three points on Saturday would have been enough for Pep Guardiola’s side to be confirmed Premier League champions in record time and they were well on their way in the first half through goals from Vincent Kompany and Ilkay Gundogan.
Raheem Sterling would fire two one-on-ones over the crossbar in the final 10 minutes of the first half before Jose Mourinho’s side produced a miraculous comeback.
Within 10 minutes of the restart Paul Pogba had scored twice in the space of 97 seconds to level the score – first after a great chested lay-off from Ander Herrera, and the second showing more determination than Nicolas Otamendi to get onto the end of Alexis Sanchez’s cross from deep.
It was the Chilean’s free kick that Chris Smalling fired home midway through the second half that sent Manchester United on their way to victory.
However, David de Gea was required to pull off a superb save to deny substitute Sergio Aguero with a close-range header that would have been the Argentine’s 200th goal for the club. From the resulting corner Raheem Sterling somehow hit the post rather than the back of the net from two yards as United held on.
This result means that Manchester City cannot lift the Premier League title at Wembley Stadium next Saturday as Manchester United are not in action until Sunday when they host West Bromwich Albion.