United mount remarkable comeback to halt City title celebrations

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   Fred has made 143 appearances for Shakhtar Donetsk

City were tearing United's fragile defence apart and Gundogan's goal was a fitting return for domination that had already brought them the lead through Kompany's header.

Herrera impressed for Jose Mourinho's men, though footage has since emerged of the Spanish midfielder appearing to spit on the City crest on the ground as both teams made their way down the tunnel for the half-time break.

Pogba was the catalyst with two goals in the space of 90 seconds, Sanchez set up all three goals, and Smalling came up with the victor.

Saturday's 2-1 victory at Leicester City was Newcastle's third win on the bounce, and stretched a 10-point gap above the relegation zone.

If Guardiola thought Pogba was too expensive - even for City - in January, he certainly will be now.

United would certainly have looked like clowns had they continued to play in the same way as they did for the first 45 but clearly the threat of appearing like that before the watching world was enough to snap them out it.

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     Man Utd and Man City target Fred in action for Shakhtar Donetsk
GETTY Man Utd and Man City target Fred in action for Shakhtar Donetsk

"He is a fantastic footballer and he makes Manchester United a better team". What transpired in the dying moments at the Nou Camp needs little introduction.

But they will have to sharpen up defensively, because they have been all over the place in the last two games, conceding six goals.

Manager Alex Ferguson provided an ever so succinct summary of the game afterwards: "Football, eh?"

But as it is, dubbing them the greatest is as premature as the celebrations at 2-0 up on Saturday.

Spurs had a two-goal lead at half-time but a penalty, which Cristiano Ronaldo converted, gave United impetus before Wayne Rooney equalised. That goal was the first Mourinho's men had scored away from home against top-five opposition in the Premier League all season. They were knocked out of the Champions League by Sevilla, Mourinho has failed to win the League in his two seasons at Old Trafford and he has often seemed at odds with some of his players at times. "For all the (United) fans, it would be like death", said the Frenchman.

"I think we are four points ahead of Liverpool with one match in hand and we are four ahead of Spurs and City need to beat them to win the title". By spearheading this comeback against City, he showed he still has the dressing room, that his teams can attack when they are allowed to and that he ought to play with the handbrake off on more occasions.

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"His price has gone up."

The Portuguese also felt that the critics should give United their proper due.

While I wouldn't go that far, there is no doubt when he performs like he can, he is very, very good.

"I think the first 20-25 minutes was a balanced game", said the Spaniard.

"People now will say". But we have to improve.

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