David de Gea has insisted that Manchester United will take important lessons from Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Manchester City.
Pep Guardiola’s side ran riot in the first half, racing into a 2-0 lead, before Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s strike just before half time precipitated a second half onslaught from Man United.
Despite the swathes of pressure thrown in their direction, the visitors held on for an important win, leaving pundits and supporters to question Jose Mourinho’s approach to what was one of the most built up derbies in recent times.
The Spaniard took to Instagram with a buoyant message: “A match to learn, a season to win.”
A derby defeat always stings. Sitting in my seat at Old Trafford on Saturday, watching Man City fans wildly cavort in their corner of the ground as the final whistle sounded, was a painful, painful experience.
But on reflection, this defeat could serve as a blessing in disguise.
It acts as a sobering, important reminder – a reminder that there is still plenty of work to be done, things to learn, and things to eradicate. United went up against the benchmark side for this season, the title favourites, and as a result Mourinho – and indeed the entire squad – will now know what needs to be done when it comes to chasing Guardiola’s men down in this title race.