Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has praised his players for their resolute display against Manchester City despite being second best throughout Thursday night’s 0-0 Premier League draw.
City totally dominated their city rivals at the Etihad but could not crown their effort with a goal.
Despite having Maroune Fellaini sent off for headbutting Sergio Aguero, United still held firm to take a point away from the game.
Mourinho expressed his delight with the way his players were able to contain their hosts.
“We showed great resilience, against a strong team, with 10 men,” Mourinho said in his post-match press conference.
“It showed big character from the players.
“We wanted to be more attacking. We had very good control in the first half, but the second was more difficult.”
Fellaini was given a straight red card for the headbutt less than a minute after bagging a yellow card. Mourinho however defended his player.
“I didn’t watch it, I spoke with him and he feels that it’s a red card because he is Marouane Fellaini,” Mourinho said.
“I saw Aguero in the tunnel, no broken nose, no broken head. His face is nice as always. I’m not sure it was [a red]”
United will return to action at the weekend when they will host relegation threatened Swansea City.