Jamie Redknapp: Forget Paul Pogba, Man United manager deserves credit for derby win
The Liverpool FC legend heaps praise on Jose Mourinho after Manchester United's brilliant 3-2 win against Manchester City
Jamie Redknapp has claimed that Manchester United’s 3-2 win at Manchester City was more about Jose Mourinho than Paul Pogba.
The Red Devils appeared to be heading for an embarrassing defeat in the final Manchester derby of the 2017-18 Premier League season following a disasatrous first half.
Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany broke the deadlock in the first half with a powerful header before Ilkay Gundogan scored a classy goal ahead of the half-time break.
However, club record signing Pogba, who has struggled to command a starting spot in recent months, scored two quick-fire goals to restore parity against the odds in the derby.
England international Chris Smalling netted a dramatic winner to complete the comeback and prevent Manchester City from getting their hands on the title.
Mourinho’s side remain 13 points adrift of Manchester City with six games to go, while the FA Cup remains their only realistic chance of silverware this season.
Former Liverpool FC captain Redknapp felt that Manchester United’s derby win was more significant for Mourinho’s future rather than Pogba.
“Manchester United’s derby triumph will go down as the day Paul Pogba inspired a turnaround but for me, this was more about Jose Mourinho,” Redknapp told the Daily Mail.
“Pogba cannot get sacked but Mourinho can, so do not underestimate how enormous this result was for the United manager. It was a massive statement.
“It was one to win over the floating voters, one to convince any fans who were starting to wonder whether Mourinho was still the right man for the job.”
Manchester United will take on fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup semi-finals at Wembley later this month.
The Red Devils haven’t won the Premier League title in 2013.