Ander Herrera described Manchester United’s 2-1 derby defeat to Manchester City as “painful,” but said analysis of the game must be balanced in line with the club’s otherwise excellent start to the Premier League season.
Goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Kelechi Iheanacho put City in a commanding position at Old Trafford, before Zlatan Ibrahimovic pulled one back for the hosts but they were unable to find an equaliser.
After three wins in their opening three games the defeat sees United lose ground on City at the top of the table, but Herrera, who came on as a half-time substitute, saw reasons for optimism.
“It is disappointing for us,” he said. “We are now not happy. We have lost a derby in front of our fans and it is painful. We have to be balanced in our analysis. This is the first game we have not played the best. We have crossed a lot of balls and put them under pressure.
“We have to take some good things. The attitude and spirit in the second half was fantastic. City will lose points as well. We are three points off top and we want to be champions.
“We didn’t start good. Every duel went for them. We have to study why that happened. But we have played well so far. This was not our best game but we created four or five chances to draw the game.”