Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has blamed Manchester United playmaker Bruno Fernandes for the foul that resulted to the United first goal.
Fernandes went down easily after Gundogan dispossessed him the ball before the referee whistled for a foul.
Gundoagan has agreed the free-kick frustrated them but blamed the Portugal international for going down so easily.
“There was frustration about the free-kick before the goal. It was not a foul at all. I just touched the ball and he goes on the floor shouting,” Gundogan said.
The referee awarded Manchester United a free kick that Fernandes himself skillfully took to set up Anthony Martial for their first goal.
Gundogan said Manchester City put into the match all their efforts, especially after conceding the goal, but could not break United well-organised defense.
The Citizen’s all time scorer, Sergio Kun Agüero, thought he had put things level before Video Assistant Referee (VAR) ruled out his super strike for an offside.
“We tried hard after conceding the first one but it just wasn’t enough.” Gundogan added.
Gundogan has however, lauded United for their win. He said they were more aggressive than how City was. He also addressed the absence of their playmaker and assists master, Kevin De Bruyne, who was missing from the team due to an injury he had picked, that they missed him greatly.
The Citizens will be hoping to bounce back from the derby lose when they play Arsenal on Wednesday. The match will see Pep Guardiola meet his former assistant, Mikel Arteta, for the first time since they parted ways in late 2019.
Arsenal will be aiming to win and get three crucial points as they chase top four finish while City will be avoiding second defeat in a row as well as reducing the gap to runaway league leaders, Liverpool.
Liverpool are leading the league with 82 points after 29 matches. They are 25 points clear off the second placed Manchester City, who have played one game less.