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In-Depth Statistics & Post-Match Quotes: Manchester United 1-6 Manchester City

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Shots (on target)

11 (4) 22 (7)

Total Passes

393 415

Passing Accuracy

83% 86%

Ball Possession

49% 51%

Tackles won

10 15


19 18


15 12


7 4


1 1


* David De Gea (goalkeeper):  6 goals conceded, 1 save, 22/33 passing (67%)

* Jonny Evans (left-center-back): 21/24 passing (88%), 0 tackles, 4 interceptions, 1 clearance, 1 block, 0 aerial duels won, 1 foul, red-card

* Rio Ferdinand (right-center-back): 25/32 passing (78%), 1 tackle, 3 interceptions, 5 clearances, 1 block, 1 aerial duel won, 0 fouls

* Patrice Evra (left-back): 35/42 passing (83%), 2 tackles, 0 interceptions, 5 clearances, 1 block, 0 aerial duels won, 4 fouls

* Chris Smalling (right-back): 36/42 (86%), 2 tackles, 1 interception, 4 clearances, 2 blocks, 2 aerial duels, 4 fouls

* Anderson (central-midfield): 35/45 passing (78%), 2 key passes, 1 tackle, 0 interceptions, 4 fouls, 0 fouls won, 2 successful dribbles

* Darren Fletcher (central-midfield): 55/65 passing (85%), 3 key passes, 1 tackle, 5 interceptions, 0 fouls, 0 fouls won, 0 successful dribbles, 1 goal

* Ashley Young (left-winger): 29/45 passing (64%), 0 key passes, 4 tackles, 0 interceptions, 2 accurate crosses, 1 successful dribble, 7 fouls won

* Nani (right-winger): 27/37 passing (73%), 0 key passes, 3 tackles, 1 interception, 1 accurate cross, 1 successful dribble, 0 fouls won

* Wayne Rooney (striker): 53/57 passing (93%), 0 key passes, 2 shots (2 on goal), 2 successful dribbles, 0 fouls won

* Danny Welbeck (striker): 40/43 passing (93%), 1 key pass, 1 shot (0 on goal), 2 dribbles, 2 fouls won

* Phil Jones (right-back | substitute): 1 tackle, 0 interceptions, 0 clearances, 0 blocks, 1 aerial duel won, 0 fouls

* Javier Hernandez (striker | substitute): 2/6 passing (33%), 1 key pass, 0 shots, 0 successful dribbles, 0 fouls won, 1 assist



Sir Alex Ferguson | MUFC manager

(On the reaction from the 6-1 defeat to City...) "You have to recover. In the history of Manchester United, it is another day and we’ll recover from this, there’s no question about that. But that kind of defeat will make an impact on the players. There’s a lot of embarrassment in the dressing room and quite rightly so. Hopefully they’ll show that [reaction] next week."

(On the severity of the defeat...) "It was our worst ever day.It's the worst result in my history, ever. Even as a player I don't think I ever lost 6-1. That's challenge for me too."

(On United's bright start and Evans' sending-off...) "For the first 10 minutes, we absolutely dominated the game and played some brilliant football so it was hard to believe when we went 1-0 down," Sir Alex reflected. But that was retrievable. The sending-off was a killer blow to us. The player (Balotelli) didn’t control the ball, but the fact Jonny tugged his jersey gave the referee plenty of reason to send him off. It was a killer, a really bad blow to us because City are so strong defensively."

(On United chasing goals at the end...) "We just kept attacking. It’s alright playing with the history books but common sense has to come in at times. With the experience we had at the back, we should have realised that and settled for what we had when it went to 4-1. At times our full-backs were almost our wingers and we were playing almost two versus three at the back. That was suicide and crazy."

(On looking forward...) "What did concern me was the goals for and against. Goal difference may count. Last year it was in our favour. Most years it is in our favour. This time maybe not. We'll come back. By January we'll be okay. We usually get the show on the road in the second half of the season and that will have to be the case. We've played all the teams around us and they have all to play each other so the second half of the season is important to us now. We will react, no question about that. It's a perfect result for us to react to because there is a lot of embarrassment in the dressing room and that will make an impact."

Darren Fletcher | MUFC midfielder

(On the pain of losing 6-1 to City...) "We realise how much this result has hurt the fans and how they’ll go into work on Monday and get a lot of stick, but the players are hurting just as much. We live in the city too and we’re going to have to deal with it as well. No-one wants to lose by the margin we did today, but you’ve always got to look at positives and say you can lose by that score or lose 1-0 and it’s still the same amount of points [to lose]"

(On United's mindset...) "I said to the lads in the dressing room afterwards that we need to remember how it feels to lose a game like this, but to remember that no medals are handed out now.There’s still a long way to go in the season. It’s a bad result, but by no means is the league over. We’ve got to respond and win our next game."

(On United chasing goals at the end...) "We kept trying to win the game when it was conceivably not possible. Maybe we were a bit naïve and should have sat behind the ball and tried not to concede. At the time you’re thinking we’re at Old Trafford and we always want to get the ball down and play. The players haven’t been brought up to sit behind the ball, defend and see games out. But to lose those goals late on was very disappointing. The sending-off was the turning point. Even though we were a goal down I thought we controlled the match in the first half, played the better football and put them under pressure without really creating any real chances.To lose a man right at the start of the second half made it a long 45 minutes with ten men against a good side."