Michael Carrick happy with "point gained" in Manchester derby

Ross Houston
April 28, 2017

Jose Mourinho's Red Devils set up to defend at the Etihad Stadium and it proved that way with City having 19 shots on goal to United's three.

With Chelsea and Tottenham clear at the top, Liverpool (66 points, 34 games), City (65, 33), United (64, 33) and Arsenal (60, 32) are fighting for a top-four finish.

City took 19 shots to United's three - Claudio Bravo only had to make one save before leaving with an injury - and Kompany said the hosts were never in danger, though he lamented not being able to find a victor.

"It's a point. It's tight up there, but it's a point we can take from there and move on".

"The battle's always to win the game and be third", he said.

However, Mourinho was pleased to grab a hard-fought point after they made the "decision to play for the draw".

"We conceded few chances knowing they are so risky on the counter with attacking runs behind".

Marouane Fellaini was sent off for brainlessly headbutting Sergio Aguero in an otherwise forgettable 0-0 draw between Champions League qualification rivals Manchester United and Manchester City on Thursday. It provided the crowd with a rare moment of drama in a derby that won't linger in the fans' consciousness.

Asked if it was a fair result, Mourinho said: "I think so because of our wonderful spirit and our very good first half, when we easily controlled the game".

"We tried and played like wanted to", he told Sky Sports. Mourinho came for a point and got one, Guardiola's team hogged possession, went in search of victory but fell short, denied by his arch nemesis's spoiling tactics despite a late red card to Marouane Fellaini.

Although both sides got number of chances to score goals, all their efforts went in vain. "Despite the fact that we were very strong defensively, we didn't create enough problems in attack and we allowed them to be more offensive and play more in our half", he added.

Michael Carrick says he is happy with a "point gained" by Manchester United at Manchester City, but admits that things were "more hard when you go down to ten men".

"In the second half, I think they were stronger than us".

With a two-legged Europa League semi-final against Celta Vigo also looming on United's horizon, Mourinho admitted his squad is being stretched to its limits.

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