Manuel Pellegrini seemed happy that his Manchester City side had attempted 26 shots against Manchester United on Sunday – even though only three of them were on target.
Sergio Aguero had a rare off day and failed to hit the target with any of his five shots, while woeful Wilfried Bony had seven attempts in less than 45 minutes of football and tested David de Gea just once.
It’s a damning indictment of City’s transfer policy that Bony is first-choice back-up to Aguero, with our Daniel Storey particularly aghast at that situation in 16 Conclusions.
The 1-0 defeat leaves City just one point ahead of Manchester United and West Ham in fourth place, with Pellegrini claiming he is still confident about securing a Champions League place for incoming coach Peg Guardiola.
“We continue in fourth position,” Pellegrini said. “We have to play for another 24 points. We must be focused on the next game.
“I am not unhappy with the performance of the team. We had 26 attempts on their goal and we dominated the game but missed chances to score.”
Understandably, Pellegrini was not in the best of moods after the derby loss, even walking out of a broadcast interview.
As if defeat was not enough, the City boss lost key men Joe Hart and Raheem Sterling to muscle injuries that are set to keep them out of England’s upcoming friendlies.
“Both of them have muscle injuries,” City boss Pellegrini said. “Raheem his groin and Joe in his calf.
“I don’t think that a muscle injury you can be fit in one week. Normally three or four weeks.”