Ander Herrera is disappointed with Manchester United’s result in the derby but is trying to focus on the positives in the match.
Herrera lost his place in the starting XI to Paul Pogba after the latter’s arrival from Juventus but the Spaniard, who started the derby on the bench, was substituted at half-time for Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
His introduction in the second half along with Marcus Rashford helped bring much needed pace into the United side but City were able to hold onto their 2-1 lead till the final whistle thereby, handing United their first defeat of the season.
When asked, Herrera acknowledged United were not at their best yet looked towards the rest of the season seeing as we are only four games in.
He said: “We have to take some good things. The attitude and spirit in the second half was fantastic. City will lose points as well. We are three points off top and we want to be champions.
“We didn’t start good. Every duel went for them.
“We have to study why that happened. But we have played well so far. This was not our best game but we created four or five chances to draw the game.”
The derby was a game off two halves. In the first half United failed to get the ball out of their own half but in the second half United started asking questions questions to the City defence but the damage was down in the first 45 minutes.
The introduction of Herrera and Rashford to add pace and precision changed the outlook but we were still unable to break down Pep Guardiola’s side, which left plenty of frustrated fans inside Old Trafford because had we not put out such a strange team in the first half we could really have changed the outlook of the game.
For United, the main positive to take from this is the fact it’s only the fourth game of the season. This was not a defining match and although City now have momentum, we’ll just have to pick ourselves up for the Watford game next weekend and get back on the horse.