Manchester United told Man City were "much better" side despite derby triumph

Oleksandr Zinchenko insists Manchester City were “much better” than rivals United despite seeing their 21-game winning run came to a screeching halt on Sunday.

The champions-elect suffered a first defeat in 29 games as they were beaten 2-0 by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men at the Etihad.

City were on the back foot from the outset as United won a penalty with just 34 seconds on the clock, Bruno Fernandes converting from 12 yards.

City hit the woodwork and tested Dean Henderson but fell further behind after 50 minutes, when Luke Shaw doubled the visitors advantage.

Anthony Martial passed up a fine opportunity to make it 3-0 for the Red Devils, while City had opportunities themselves to get back into it, most notably through Raheem Sterling, whose goalless run against United continued.

And while United appeared to be worthy winners, the Ukraine international believes Pep Guardiola’s men did more than enough to get a result.

“To concede in the first minute is not easy to come back from.

“Afterwards I think we played much better than the opponent. We controlled the game, we created enough chances but we didn’t score. In this kind of big game if you want to win you have to score.

“United are also one of the best teams in the world, they have unbelievable players and they organise well defensively.

“It is not easy but still we have to learn a bit more how to come back in the game after these kind of situations.”

City continue their quadruple chase against Southampton in midweek, where victory will take them 14 points clear at the top of the table.

Zinchenko said: “We have to win the next game, we have to be more focused. We are not allowed to go back. We have to go forwards.

“We are still playing in all competitions. We want to win everything this season and I hope we can do this.

“We are still alive and we can [afford] mistakes but we are going to come back stronger, I am pretty sure of that.”

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