Manchester United were beaten 4-1 by Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday and they turned in an awful second-half performance on derby day.
Manchester United were 2-1 down to City at the interval but turned in a woeful performance after the break, never threatening Ederson and conceding twice more to suffer a humiliating derby defeat.
Manchester United captain Harry Maguire has blamed Manchester United’s inability to keep the ball as the reason for our poor second-half display against Manchester City.
“It’s a disappointing result for the players, for the club, for the fans, for everyone involved. We come into these games full of emotion, we give everything, work tirelessly in preparation, had great belief we could come here and get a result,” Maguire told MUTV.
“The game was 50/50 first half, very disappointed to go in 2-1 down, I felt the game was edged toward ourselves. We could take the positives into the second half but we haven’t performed.
“When we had the ball we gave it them back far too easy, we weren’t clean enough in our passing and when we did have chances to hurt them we weren’t clinical enough. We gave the ball far too easy, we know they like to control the game through possession and we let them do that in the second half.
“We had good belief at half-time, we played the first half well, it was 50/50 in both teams playing aggressively on the front foot. When we won the ball back in the first half we were clean, we were good in transitions, we punished them by finding good balls out wide and kept the ball in their half.
“The second half comes and we gave the ball away far too easily and it enabled them to control the ball through possession and we couldn’t get up the pitch.
“For me the most important thing is we’ve got to look after the ball better.”
The defeat leaves United outside the top four, a point behind Arsenal who now have three games in hand on the Red Devils.