According to the (Manchester Evening News), The Manchester derby on Thursday was somewhat drab in comparison to previous encounters that the two sides have had. However, this is more a result of a injury laden United parking the bus to ensure a point and continue the race for top 4 throughout the rest of the season.
What wasn’t drab was the late drama between Marouane Fellaini and Sergio Aguero, a series of encounters that lead to the Belgian’s red card, making United play a desperate last few minutes with only 10 men on the field. Tempers were high as tired legs around the field searched for an end of a game that saw Manchester City display a dominant second half and United a superb defensive performance. However more words were shared besides between Aguero and Fellaini.
Herrera also had words with Fernandinho as well as Aguero after the game. It was clear that no one was very happy with the result, except for possibly Mourinho, who tactically played Martial as a second left back to ensure a stoic defense. But perhaps the most interesting of all the conversations of the field happened after the game between Micheal Carrick and Pep Guardiola.
They were words of a congratulatory sort between two men who respect one another. This is in sharp contrast between what was said between the other players on the pitch. Carrick said that Pep told him “…congratulations and well played. He’s obviously a terrific manager, he’s had success wherever he’s been and I have a lot of respect for him.” This is the sort of stuff we like to hear about, not whatever was being thrown around in the heat of the game.