(Football News) – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said Manchester United displayed the “best performance we’ve had” during a derby during his tenure as his side played out a dismal stalemate behind closed doors against Manchester City at Old Trafford.
In a game empty of quality and excitement, neither side was ready to carve out the chance that would make a difference amid the eerie silence of the so-called ‘Theatre Of Dreams’.
Gabriel Jesus was astray and Riyad Mahrez brought a routine save from David de Gea with City’s best first-half chances while Scott McTominay was agonizingly inches aloof from Victor Lindelof’s flick as United sought the breakthrough.
United defeated City thrice in four meetings last season, including a league double over their rivals.
“Possession on the ball, control (was better),” said Solskjaer. “Of course I feel last year at the Etihad we could have blown them elsewhere at the 10th to the 25th minute. We could have scored four goals.
“Some unbelievable counter-attacking football, but we had about 30% possession which last half we were hanging on.
“You felt there have been fewer moments to hold on today and that we had more of the ball.
“Maybe that’s because they had more respect for us also. I do not know, but I’d prefer to think we’ve developed that side of it.
“And then today we just did not have enough to urge those counter-attacks that we’ve had.”
United thought that they had a second-half penalty when Kyle Walker fouled Marcus Rashford. However, the choice was overturned as VAR revealed the United striker was offside.
It led to an unsatisfactory conclusion for either side. Leaving United seventh within the Premier League and City a place below them.
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