5 things Manchester United must do to overhaul Manchester City next season

Mourinho suggests Guardiola was mistaken over Pogba claim

Mourinho suggests Guardiola was mistaken over Pogba claim

As the 3,000 Manchester United fans bounced and sang in delight after coming from two goals down to win another Manchester derby 3-2 at the Etihad Stadium, one matchwinner approached another on the pitch.

Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville believes Paul Pogba "absolutely needed" his goals against rivals Manchester City to silence the doubts over his Old Trafford career.

"When I saw the stories breaking in the last 24 hours the problem was - I think Jose said before the game - either Raiola or Pep is lying", he said.

"I was just focused on the game and I think Paul the same because the way he played is only possible when he is focused on the game". "To lose against City and to see them celebrate, I couldn't let that happen".

"I've said all year, Manchester United are a far better team with Paul Pogba in it".

"The first half was awful, we dropped off didn't play our game, and could have been out of sight", United captain Chris Smalling told Sky Sports.

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After the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final against Liverpool on Tuesday, where they must try to overturn a 3-0 deficit, City face Tottenham at Wembley next Saturday evening. "I knew I had Nemanja Matic behind me and Ander Herrera with me".

Pogba has usually been played in a two despite suggestions from pundits and the media that he is best used in a three.

Some of the best players in the world can't do what Pogba does, but even the worst of them shouldn't take five seconds to get off their arse while play goes on in the biggest game of the season.

United's victory has only delayed City from winning the Premier League for a few more weeks. Raheem Sterling was playing in the False No.9 role but it looked like a tactical masterstroke with United's centre-halves seemingly unable able to cope with him playing in front, rather than right up against them.

Pogba scored twice in two minutes to draw United level, while Chris Smalling scored the victor to inflict on City only their second league defeat of the season. "Our pride on the pitch, and that our fans were going to have a hard night if we got beaten". The Manchester derby was a case in point: in the first 20 minutes or so, they had a respectable amount of possession but lacked the spark to do a lot with it. "Disappointing", "below par", "average" are three unwanted adjectives that have characterised Pogba's season for United. We did it for them and, of course, for us and our position, but overall for them.

"[Alexis Sanchez] always tells me when you pass me the ball, 'Just make the run, I see you.'" he told Thierry Henry on Sky Sports.

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