Ander Herrera has admitted that he “feels sorry” for Manchester United fans after their defeat to Manchester City.
United slipped to their first defeat of the Jose Mourinho era on Saturday, with bitter rivals City winning 2-1 at Old Trafford.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored for United, but it was not enough to cancel out goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Kelechi Iheanacho.
Herrera, introduced as a second-half substitute by Mourinho, spoke of his disappointment after the game.
“We lost the derby against our city opponent,” Herrera told MUTV. “Tomorrow our fans are going to face friends – City fans – and I feel sorry for them.
“We know we were not good in the first half. They wanted the game in the first half. I think we cannot give excuses now. We have to think about the next game. It’s the best way to recover our spirit.
“It is disappointing for us. We are now not happy. We have lost a derby in front of our fans and it is painful. We have to be balanced in our analysis. This is the first game we have not played the best. We have crossed a lot of balls and put them under pressure.
“We have to take some good things. The attitude and spirit in the second half was fantastic. City will lose points as well. We are three points off top and we want to be champions.
“We didn’t start good. Every duel went for them. We have to study why that happened. But we have played well so far. This was not our best game but we created four or five chances to draw the game.”