A tale of two halves if ever there was one, the game between Manchester City and Manchester United will echo around the world for the next few days. Thanks to Paul Pogba and Chris Smalling, Mourinho and his team left The Etihad with three points.No Aguero, no Gabriel Jesus, no De Bruyne and no Kyle Walker. That’s the consequence of City’s Champions League 3-0 loss to Liverpool. It is the reason why Pep decided to spare his best players and save their energy for Tuesday’s mission impossible, despite the fact that this is a derby and a potentially title-clinching match. There was no true striker in the starting lineup, so David Silva, Sterling, Bernardo Silva, Leroy Sane and Gundogan were supposed to share the attacking load. Danilo started in place of Kyle Walker, while Fabian Delph was the left back. Jose Mourinho made two changes compared to last Saturday’s win over Swansea. Ander Herrera was in for Juan Mata in his first Premier League start since Round 22 and Eric Bailly took his usual spot in the starting lineup that was given to Lindelof last weekend. Paul Pogba got his second straight start.We had the first noteworthy moment in the 5th minute, when Leroy Sane tried to find Sterling with a low cross. Ashley Young was going to make a simple clearance, but slipped. While on the ground, the ball hit his hand and changed the direction of the ball that would’ve otherwise landed right on Sterling’s foot. The referee decided against showing on the spot, even though he easily could’ve. There was nothing going on for 25 minutes until a Manchester City corner kick ended up on Vincent Kompany’s head and into de Gea’s net. Smalling did everything to prevent Kompany from getting to the ball, including pulling his shirt, but the Belgian captain was too determined to be denied. Pep’s team had taken that much desired lead.Five minutes later, Gundogan increased the lead to 2-0. A lost ball in its own half cost United dearly. Five City players surrounded de Gea’s box. Eventually, Sterling found Gundogan, who freed himself up from the defender with an elegant pirouette and shot a ball that de Gea couldn’t reach. It was the dream scenario for The Citizens. The fans were overjoyed. Soon after, Sterling had a magnificent opportunity to add another, but misfired his shot high over the cross bar. Guardiola was shrugging his shoulders when Sterling missed yet another chance in the 37th minute and rightfully so. Raheem should’ve scored at least one goal from those two opportunities. Later on, Gundogan had a free header that he didn’t manage to direct away from United’s goalkeeper.It wasn’t as much of a dominating performance by the home team as it was a disappointing performance by the visiting team. Manchester City came into the game wounded and vulnerable, yet Mourinho wasn’t brave enough to tweak his tactic and attack for a change. The Red Devils didn’t have a shot on goal in the first half.Report: Up to seven first team players out for United George Patchias – September 13, 2019 Manchester United have some serious injury problems with up to seven first-team players out.This Saturday, United have a Premier League clash with Leicester City….Manchester United opened the second half with more intensity, but Gundogan was the one who clipped the woodwork in the 50th minute. However, United got one back in the 53rd minute. Alexis Sanchez made a couple of dribbles and sent a pass to Ander Herrera, who made one of the best chest passes I’ve ever seen and opened Paul Pogba up. The Frenchman beat the goalkeeper for 2-1. Then, the unthinkable happened. Alexis Sanchez sent a long ball into the box from about 35 meters out. Pogba had made a great run and headed it into the corner. A tremendous pass met by an excellent header and it was 2-2. Nobody saw that coming. Pep Guardiola was perplexed. Pogba, who hadn’t scored a league goal in five months, scored two in 90 seconds. Incredible.Chris Smalling turned the game on its head in the 69th minute. Alexis Sanchez had a wide set piece. City had set up in a high line, which Smalling beat by millimeters and one-timed the ball into the net. He got his revenge on Vincent Kompany. Manchester City was losing a match that by all intents and purposes appeared won at half-time. Guardiola reacted immediately, sending Kevin De Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus onto the pitch in place of the two Silvas (David and Bernardo), and then replacing Gundogan with Aguero.In the 78th minute, Ashley Young lunged into a tackle inside the penalty area and brought Aguero down. It was a clear penalty, but Martin Atkinson didn’t blow the whistle. After that, Fernandinho fouled Lingard and the fire was lit. Tempers flared and he was booked. The tension rose further when Pogba made a dangerous sliding tackle on Otamendi and was also deservedly booked as well. Marcus Rashford came on for Alexis Sanchez in the 82nd minute and McTominay replaced Lingard a few minutes later. City was running out of time.In the 89th minute, de Gea showed why he’s considered by many to be the best goalkeeper in the world with an unbelievable save on an Aguero header. On the ensuing corner kick, the ball seemed to not want to go inside United’s net. Sterling directed it towards the post and instead of going in, the ball trickled on the goal line to de Gea, who kicked it out. The frustrated and resignated looks on Manchester City players’ faces said it all. Manchester United had done the unimaginable and spoiled The Sky Blues’ party.