05 Th3 2022 | 13:44
Impressive moments of Manchester derby
Manchester United are looking to win their fifth of their last six visits to the Etihad Stadium when they face Manchester City this weekend. United, 19 points behind Pep Guardiola’s side, have enjoyed a lot of success at their neighbor’s field in recent years, starting with a game in April 2018 when the Reds had amazing comeback.
MU was leading 2-0 in the first half, meaning that Man City only had 45 minutes to put their hands on the Premier League title soon. But United, inspired by Jose Mourinho’s talk, fought back for an emotional 3-2 win that few expected. The goals in the second half of Paul Pogba, who scored 2 goals, and Chris Smalling helped MU win all 3 points and emotions nothing can buy.
United played badly in the first 45 minutes, they became the object of laughter in the studio, on social media. But not inside their dressing room. Mourinho has urged his players to step up and not be the clowns helping City lift the Premier League title.
Smalling told Sky Sports: ” In the first half, a lot of us felt sorry for ourselves. The first half was really bad, we gave up and didn’t play our best. He didn’t have to say too much, “He emphasized that we wouldn’t want to be the clowns standing there and looking at them with the trophy. We stepped up.”
For Mourinho, who had just over two years in charge at Old Trafford, it was a change of tactics that made all the difference. Mourinho admitted: “The message was first of all my disappointment. I told my midfield players that they didn’t need to improve because they played very well even in the first half. I think very well. It’s hard to be a midfielder who can go against Manchester City and Paul [Pogba], Ander [Herrera] and [Nemanja] Matic have played really well but I need more from [Jesse] Lingard and Alexis [Sanchez], I need it. They connect well with the midfield and especially I need my defenders to be a bit more confident.”
“With just a little bit of pressure from Man City, they cleared the ball, they were very nervous, they didn’t bring quality balls to my midfielders, so I need to improve my confidence. Obviously. The first goal is very important and then the game is ours.”