Jose Mourinho is adamant Manchester United didn’t put up a poor display in their 3-1 derby defeat to City.
The Red Devils were outclassed by a dominant Manchester City side as goals from David Silva, Sergio Aguero and Ilkay Gundogan cancelled out Martial’s penalty.
But Mourinho feels there were positives to take from the defeat to the table toppers.
“One team [City] started the season strong and are still strong. Another team [United] didn’t start well and is improving a lot,” the Portuguese said in a post-match conference.
“If you focus on the game, it was open for 80 minutes. I think no one left the stadium before the third goal because the match was open.
“In a week City played three matches at home, we played three away. They had 6-0 wins, no pressure, relaxed.
“Our second game [against Juventus] was like a final for us, against one of the best teams in Europe, demanding everything we had to give from physical and mental perspective.
“So, when I analyse the game – you can go for stats, that’s the way people who don’t understand football analyse, with stats – I don’t go for stats. I go for what I felt, for what I saw in the game.
“I consider the performance to be one with mistakes, it’s different to a bad performance. We were punished, but the performance, mentality, togetherness, belief, fighting until the end, is something we are building. We won’t lose that because of a defeat.”