It merely delays the inevitable but given that they are no longer even the best team in their city, Manchester United will take what they can get for now. Given a chance to seize temporary Mancunian bragging rights, they did so in the most-dramatic fashion.
Indeed, so convoluted was their victory on Saturday at The Etihad, City’s first defeat here in the Premier League since 2016, that at times it reminded you of the Manchester City of old.
Post-match reaction from Jose Mourinho
“Credit for the boys, they believed and they kept the shape.“It’s an important result for us. We need six points to finish in the top four.“We’ve got three matches home and three away and I’m pretty confident. To finish second is important too.“Our challenge is to finish second. Of course City are frustrated because they wanted to win the title today but I congratulate them for the title, they deserve the title.”
Post-match reaction from Pep Guardiola
“We did absolutely everything. The qualities of the players from United can do the actions that they’ve done.“It’s OK. We’re a bit sad for our people, especially to try to arrive in a good mood for next Tuesday.“They found their game. They didn’t think many, many things. This is Man United. We have done everything to win the game.”