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The Stunned Reaction As Manchester United Come From Behind To Spoil City’s Party

Manchester United's English defender Chris Smalling (R) celebrates scoring their third goal during the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north west England, on April 7, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Ben STANSALL / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)

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In one of the most dramatic Manchester derbies for quite some time, United came from 2-0 down to defeat City 3-2 to ensure put the title celebrations on ice.

Needing three points against their local rivals to seal the title, Pep Guardiola’s side looked on course to seal the title there and then with first-half goals from Vincent Kompany and Ilkay Gundogan. Indeed, they had the chance to put the game out of sight but Raheem Sterling missed a couple of decent chances.

Those chances would come back to haunt them, as Man United were level just ten munites into the second half through two quick-fire goals from Paul Pogba. The turnaround was complete with twenty minutes remaining when Chris Smalling found himself unmarked in the box to prod past Ederson and put the visitors 3-2 up from 2-0 down.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 07:  Chris Smalling of Manchester United celebrates scoring their third goal during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Manchester United at Etihad Stadium on April 7, 2018 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Matthew Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images)

City rallied from there on in, introducing Gabriel Jesus, Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero into the match in order to swing it back in their favour. Aguero was very unlucky not to be awarded a penalty under what looked like a foul from Ashley Young – and when Sterling saw a scuffed effort strike the post late on, they would have known that it was not to be their day.

Man City lose at the Etihad in the league for the first time since December 2016, and with Man United narrowing the gap at the top, the title race, if it could ever really be called that, will drag on just a little bit longer. United, meanwhile, have second place virtually wrapped up now one would think.

Social media could barely stop to gather its breath after a stunning turn of events at the Etihad:

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