Joshua King was denied penalty kicks either side of the half-time break. But it was the Reds' spirit and determination to get something out of the game in the second half – and the team's attacking strength – that shone through.
Paul Pogba hauled United back into the contest with a fine goal on the hour mark. The wonderful skill, poise and balance took him clear of three City defenders on the edge of the box before rifling the ball into the bottom corner of the net.
Then, with striker John Cofie thrown on as a substitute for defender Sean McGinty, the Reds really went for it. Within two minutes of the change on 73 minutes, King had fired in United's second – a spectacular shot from 18 yards in off the crossbar.
ThenUnited weren't finished there; with 90 minutes on the clock, King rose