09/04/2018 09:14, Report by Mark Froggatt

As far as weekends go, it was an exceptional one for Manchester United and fans around the world. Your Monday Briefing is here to round up the essential news, views and events…

The only place to start is Saturday’s amazing 3-2 derby win at City, where the Reds were two goals down at half-time after strikes from Vincent Kompany and Ilkay Gundogan. But then Paul Pogba struck twice in as many minutes to bring the scores level before Chris Smalling volleyed in a winner, which secured an unbelievable comeback and prevented the Blues from winning the Premier League title. Our success at the Etihad Stadium has strengthened the hold on second place for 2017/18, which has been the goal for some time, following third-placed Liverpool’s drab stalemate at Everton.

In his press conference, Jose Mourinho gave this insight into his instructions. “I told Matic, Herrera and Pogba that they could not improve a lot from what they did in the first half because they had confidence to play and to move the ball and give passes,” he said. “I was asking more from my central defenders, especially to play with the ball as in the first half they were really shaky with it at their feet and there were bad mistakes. I needed more from my wingers, I wanted them to come inside and give more solutions to our midfielders. So we improved…

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