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Solskjaer hails Man Utd's 'best performance vs Man City' after Old Trafford draw

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes Manchester United produced their ‘best performance against Man City’ during his reign as manager during Saturday’s drab goalless draw at Old Trafford.

This weekend’s Manchester derby failed to live up to the hype, with both teams having just two shots on target.

Manchester City had the best chance through Riyad Mahrez but David de Gea saved the Algerian’s first-half shot, while Marcus Rashford thought he had won United a penalty, only for VAR to show he was offside.

Speaking after the stalemate, Solskjaer said: ‘In my time against Manchester City that’s the best performance we have had. Not the best result but the best performance.

‘It was a tight game. I know we beat them a few times last season but those were different games. They had a few big moments.

‘It’s two good teams. Tactically we knew they were going to give us some problems but defensively we were excellent.

‘I’m delighted with the defensive shape. With the ball we didn’t create as much as we wanted to. They probably had the bigger moments in open play. Everyone should be happy with a draw.

‘It’ a mental challenge when that happens to you [going out of Champions League]. The mental energy you spend trying to recover from Tuesday is huge.’

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola, meanwhile, added: ‘They started well after we finished the first half well.

‘We created three or four clear chances, you cannot expect many against a team like United and a good point in the end. It will be a good point in the future.

‘United is always a strong team, this is Old Trafford and in a few details they are out of the Champions League. They score when they can run but we controlled them really well.

‘It is not a derby, it would be different with the people and maybe they pushed more. It is different every week without the people, the virus is still there, you have to be careful.’

The goalless draw leaves Manchester United and Manchester City seventh and eighth in the Premier League table.

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