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The Similarities Between The 2011 Community Shield And Saturday's Manchester Derby Are Scary

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The Similarities Between The 2011 Community Shield And Saturday's Manchester Derby Are Scary

Remember when Joleon Lescott and Edin Dzeko gave Manchester City a 2-0 lead at half-time during the Community Shield game against Manchester United back in 2011?

In a dramatic day at Wembley, though, Chris Smalling managed to pull one back in the 52nd minute and then former winger Nani bagged twice to give them a historic win.

It was a typical performance from a spirited Sir Alex Ferguson team.

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Seven years later, the former Manchester United boss looked on from sidelines as Jose Mourinho's side reproduced that Community Shield performance at the Etihad on Saturday afternoon.

Vincent Kompany and Ilkay Gundogan gave Manchester City a 2-0 lead at half-time during the Premier League tie against Manchester United on Saturday afternoon.

But in another dramatic day at the Etihad, Paul Pogba managed to pull one back in the 53rd minute and he bagged another minutes later.

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Chris Smalling, who also scored in the 2011 Community Shield, netted the winner to ruin Manchester City title winning celebrations.

The similarities between both fixtures are actually insane.

Manchester United's goalscoring hero on both occasions, Chris Smalling, gave us an insight into Mourinho's team talk at half-time, revealing that he didn't want his players "to be the clowns standing there watching them get their title."

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"The manager didn't have to say much at half time as we knew ourselves as players it was a poor performance, but he said that we didn't want to be the clowns standing there watching them get their title.

"City have been fantastic here all season, but we stepped up and won the game."

Thoughts on yesterday's game at the Etihad?

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Let us know in the comments.

Topics: Manchester City, Community Shield, Football News, Derby, Football, Manchester United, Chris Smalling

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