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This is why we love football. Fiery, explosive, entertaining and incredibly dramatic when you least expect it. It has been a while since a Manchester Derby was this nerve-racking, and what a game it turned out to be.

Manchester City went into this game knowing that a win would see them officially crowned Premier League champions. The fact that they had the chance to do so against their local rivals who have been rubbing their success in their faces for decades now made it all the more sweeter. Having gone 2-0 up at half-time, and with United looking well out of their depth, things were going exactly as planned for the blue half of Manchester. Or so they thought.

Here are the talking points from what was one of the best games of the season, if not the best.

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1. Kompany and Smalling’s throwback to 2012

United had been decent in the first 20 minutes of the game, following Liverpool’s example and pressing them high up the pitch, not allowing them time to settle on the ball. However, the game turned on its head when Vincent Kompany brought back memories of his derby winner in 2012 that turned out to be a key moment in their infamous goal-difference title win that year.

Chris Smalling was beaten in the exact same…

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