Lacking The Killer Instinct: Manchester City Player Ratings Vs Manchester United

Gary Neville

These are some of their qualities that shine and inspire other teams. No strikers and no Kevin De Bruyne with Pep Guardiola having one eye on the Champions League second leg against Liverpool.

"The first half was negative of Pogba - he did not threaten the midfield or the backline and was passive".

United pulled level by half-time and Andy Cole's victor six minutes from time was no more than they deserved. He resorted to rash tackles and unnecessary arguments in the second half.

United's players will be sat at home twiddling their thumbs after bowing out to Sevilla in the previous round after a awful Old Trafford defeat that was on par with their wretched first-half display at the Etihad Stadium.

According to the Daily Star, Mourinho also made the decision to play down being struck by a coin shortly after the game had entered added-on time. Alexis Sanchez re-emerged with greater tenacity, purpose, and speed in forward areas, while Paul Pogba finally looked worthy of the £89 million fee that prized him away from Turin. He made a few decent runs down the right hand side especially in the second half.

Pogba's first-half performance did little to quieten the critics, but his display after the break did as he hit a quickfire double to set United on course for a memorable 3-2 comeback win that stopped City sealing the title.

Outclassed United remained in contention after Raheem Sterling skied two golden chances over the bar with the goal at his mercy and Gundogan headed straight at keeper David de Gea when unmarked eight yards out.

His 55th minute finish came after he found Sanchez to his left as he was dribbling toward the City goal.

CHRIS SMALLING, United's match-winner, on manager Jose Mourinho's half-time team talk.

RD: It was a good time to play City and even though it was a strong side, they weren't at full strength. The Serbian was his usual solid self while Herrera had a good day as well, passing the ball well and with confidence and providing a refresher in game management, resorting to the dark arts when needed to thwart the danger.

Manchester United are now in second place in the Premier League table as they bid to secure a top-four finish and book their place in the Champions League for next season.

Still, it's only a matter of time before they get the title and to win the Premier League and League Cup in a season has to be deemed a success.

Well, if the champagne was ready and the ice was frozen; then it was a sheer waste of money and excitement as Manchester City totally ruined the party mood that engulfed the stadium at halftime.



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