Premier League day 10: Manchester United 0-0 Manchester City

After a very disappointing game with only a few occasion on goals, coaches react to the react a scoreless. 

Luis van Gaal (Manchester United):

“I am very proud of my players because I think we played 90 minutes of a tough game. Both sides played a very tactical game. It was very compact and organised, that is how Manchester City played against us. They adapted the line-up against us. 

Against Sevilla in the Champions League, they played with two strikers and now they played with one, with one more player in midfield, so it was a tough game. We created more chances but we didn’t finish them and that is the disappointment because you must win these kinds of games for the fans. It is the derby and when you are so focused and so concentrated like we were today then, yeah, you deserve to win. But sometimes you don’t get what you deserve.

Yes, but that is the defensive organisation. That is not only the defence. The defence starts with Wayne Rooney. Our defensive organisation is normally rather good, it was only against Arsenal when it was not good. But that was a very bad start from a lot of players – and Arsenal were very good.”

Manuel Pellegrini (Manchester City):

“The first half we played better, the same level as United. In the second half we started to lose so many balls, we lost possession of the ball. In that case it’s important to concentrate on defending and not to allow them to create chances, and in that sense we did it well.

We worked well, United had possession but they didn’t have too many chances. They broke through, they also hit the bar and had a chance at the near post when Joe saved but other than that it was just possession.

It’s not a bad day. It’s always difficult to play here at United’s stadium, it’s difficult for every team. If we drew at home maybe I wouldn’t be happy, but in this moment it’s a good point, we concentrated well and defended well. Maybe a lot of media criticise that but we can do it also. 

If we want to defend we can defend. We don’t like to, we like to be an attacking team.

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