Manchester United controls the derby – coaches react
Barclays Premier League: Manchester United 4-2 Manchester City
Man Utd coach van Gaal reacts:
“We have showed that [strength of character] often. I have more than once given compliments to my players about that because, in all the matches, we are going until the end with a great spirit and we have shown that against City.
“I am very pleased for the fans of course, because they have supported us when the results were not so good and now they are very good. I’m very happy for the fans that they can walk through the streets without being embarrassed!”
“We gained confidence and we performed our game-plan much more. In the second half, we played very well with a lot of pace in our game. I was very pleased with the second half.”
Man City coach Pellegrini reacts:
They [United] played very well after the first 20 minutes when we had played very well and had two or three clear chances to score but we didn’t and they started probing,”
“From the moment they drew level they started to play well and from then the third goal was a pivotal moment as they were two goals ahead and they were playing with a lot of trust.
“I repeat: I don’t want to analyse the referee’s decision – they have to do their work. Maybe the third goal was offside but that was just one thing that happened during this game.”
“We must continue working – we have six more games to try and to be as high in the table as we can.”