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United's captain believes United were unlucky not to leave the Etihad with a draw.

Laurence Griffiths

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has been talking to the press about Sunday's defeat against Manchester City. And he wasn't too downhearted about the 0-1 loss.

We responded well and defended well [after falling behind]. I felt for long periods of the game we were the better team. We took control of the game with 10 men and created the better chances. We were unfortunate not to get anything out of the match and we're disappointed to leave with no points after a great effort.

He was also admirably restrained when discussing Chris Smalling's sending off, managing to avoid using the phrases "staggeringly dense", "remarkably brainless", "as empty headed as a particularly stupid skeleton", and "thick as mince".

Chris is disappointed. It's tough when you get sent off, especially in a derby and with such a long time to go in the game it made it difficult for the rest of us to hold on. I'm sure Chris will learn from that.

Oh, he'd better do.