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Manchester United were defeated 4-1 by Manchester City in this season’s first Manchester derby at the Etihad on Sunday.
A poor performance and embarrassing result saw the English champions 3-0 after just 50 minutes played against their rivals.
First half goals from Sergio Ageuro and Yaya Toure were compounded by a third from Aguero and then a fourth from Samir Nasri rendering Wayne Rooney’s 87th minute free kick nothing more than a consolation.
David Moyes deployed the ‘hairdryer’ treatment on his team following the defeat – in the style of former manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
“I just told the players... [in] the way I would have told players at any other club if I don’t think they’re doing it,” he said.
“They’re good players. They’re good pros. They know when they’re bang at it and when they’re not. I’ve been here many times with Everton and don’t think I’ve suffered a defeat like this with Everton in my time.”
Moyes also ‘admitted’ United were ‘dominated’ by City in the derby following the defeat but insists the team will put it behind them and move on.
"We didn't play well; they were better. They started much stronger and much quicker than us,” he explained.
"But we'll get better - it's a long season to go. We'll put this behind us and move on.”
Rooney insisted United ‘must improve’ following the defeat – the England number 10 told MUTV:
"The way we conceded the goals, one just before half-time and two straight after, is not good enough. We know we have to improve on that, to stop giving these sloppy goals away and capitalise on some of our good play, which I thought there was bits of... it just came too late in the game.”
United now have no time for respite as they host Liverpool in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday at Old Trafford as Luis Suarez prepares to make his first appearance of the season against the Red Devils following his 10-match ban for misconduct.
In team news, Robin van Persie’s injury is ‘not serious’ – the Dutch ace watched the derby from the stands after being withdrawn from the squad due to a groin injury.
“We thought Robin would be okay. We gave him every chance. It's nothing serious. He could be involved on Wednesday [against Liverpool] or next weekend [against West Brom]," explained the boss.
In other news, United loan star Federico Macheda scored a brace for Doncaster Rovers against Nottingham Forest. The Italian striker joined Rovers on loan for a month.
Meanwhile, The Express asserts that the Glazer family’s investment is ‘paying off’ as United are now worth a ‘whopping’ £3 billion.
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