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Manchester United boss Solskjaer after derby draw: 'We have improved.'

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer disappointed with the result but was happy with the clean sheet.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer disappointed with the result in the Manchester derby [Getty]
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer disappointed with the result in the Manchester derby [Getty]

Man Utd 0-0 Man City.

Manchester United played out a goalless draw with Manchester City in the Manchester derby on Saturday, registering only two shots on target in the game.

The Red Devils struggled in front of goal when they hosted the Cityzens at Old Trafford but kept a clean sheet [which is a positive] after their abysmal Champions League 3-2 loss to RB Leipzig during midweek.

This clash revealed one thing for sure, which is, United, so far, don’t have that killer instinct against the big-six as they’ve been able to score just one goal against Tottenham, Chelsea, Arsenal, and Manchester City.

However, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took the positives from the match as he admitted that he would have loved to see Old Trafford full of their home fans.

The Norwegian told BBC Sport: "It is a fair result, they had some big moments, David de Gea has made a great save, Harry Maguire had a couple of blocks that could have gone worst for us. We had three headers from corners and Marcus Rashford was a foot offside when we should have had a penalty.

"Clean sheet is always a foundation to build from, the possession we had more so than before against City. Last season we won three games against them but it was mostly down to counter-attacking football and, last ditch defending, lucky moments too. This season is the most control we have had against them.

"I just look at improvement in our team, we have improved, better off in points (than last season) and some performances have been miles better. We know the reasons why we have not started well, the lack of pre-season we have had. that is no cause for panic. 

“I was disappointed with the results early on in the season but we are getting there. The players are focused and driven to do better than last season.

"Paul Pogba has expressed his talent, did well, worked hard and I am very happy with his contribution.

"I think we all agree it is different, home, away, derby or not. I could have met Pep Guardiola tomorrow in the training ground and played them again. We lack the support and I cannot wait for them to get back.

"This is not a home game, it is a game, almost like neutral ground and that is how it has been this season. I have not looked at the nine straight away wins as away wins, I have looked at them as wins."

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