Gary Neville: I always felt if Manchester United could grab a goal they would win

by Marwan Harraz

Manchester United favourite Gary Neville has revealed that he always felt his former side would beat Manchester City if they could score.

Jose Mourinho’s men found themselves trailing 2-0 at half time with their appearing to be no hopes of the game turning in their favour.

However, United put in an inspired second half performance and completed a comeback win thanks to a brace from Paul Pogba and a goal from Chris Smalling.

Neville though never felt that the game was done and dusted at half time, claiming he felt a comeback could be on if his former team could just grab a goal.

Pogba did just that and City’s whole stadium tensed up as the Red Devils continued to gain momentum until they scored the winner.

According to Give Me Sport, Gary said: “I said, this is a WhatsApp message: ‘United score, they will win, useless first half’ – this was to a group of friends! I just thought that [City] had got away with it.

“I thought if Jose Mourinho gets them in and they score, there will be an anxiety spread and there will be a momentum change, I felt they would score.

“[United] were useless [in the first half], they didn’t have a chance in the first half, but there was just something that made me feel that if they got a goal this ground would feel uncomfortable, that Manchester United would start to gain some momentum – and it just happened.”

The pundit was perhaps the only Manchester United fan who really thought a comeback could be on given how the game went on.

Mourinho’s men matched the Sky Blues for the first 25 minutes of the match but quickly fell apart due to two silly errors.

Smalling lost Vincent Kompany during a corner routine and David de Gea cleared the ball poorly to allow Pep Guardiola’s team to storm to a 2-0 lead.

United’s tactical switch after the break as well as Jose’s team talk at half time saw them respond admirably to deny their fierce rivals a title win.

The win will surely go down as one of the club’s best moments since the retirement of their legendary Scotsman Sir Alex Ferguson.

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