Manchester City could not celebrate their Premier League title on Saturday as they succumbed to a 3-2 defeat at the hands of arch-rivals Manchester United. The Citizens were cruising at the break with a 2-0 advantage, but Jose Mourinho’s side came up with an astonishing comeback to win the bragging rights at the Etihad Stadium.
Three things we learned:
Jose Mourinho delivers once more: The Portuguese tactician has come for criticism for his defensive-minded approach against the top-six, and the ploy was similar against City, where they struggled to gain control during the first period. However, following the interval, the United players came with a renewed vigour, and they managed to pounce on a couple of defensive errors from the City defence. Mourinho has not got much credit for United’s second position, but he has now masterminded victories over each of their top-six rivals this season, including Arsenal and City on the road.
Alexis Sanchez reviving his old form: Sanchez looked lost during the initial months at Old Trafford with many questioning his ability to adjust to United’s style of play. Following the international break, the Chilean bagged only his second United goal versus Swansea, and he continued his good run of form with another strong second-half display against City. Sanchez delivered a wonderful delivery for Pogba’s second goal on the day, and his free-kick for Chris Smalling’s winner was equally impressive as City’s backline were caught absent-minded.
David de Gea’s match-defining impact: The Spain international has made a string of spectacular saves for United over the course of the campaign, and this has been one of the key reasons behind their second position in the standings. De Gea’s showing at Arsenal, especially, has been the highlight of the season with 14 saves, but the fans will have loved his impact versus City. With United 3-2 ahead, Sergio Aguero had the perfect opportunity to equalise with a header, but De Gea denied him from point-blank range. The Argentine’s wait for a landmark 200th goal in the City colours continues.