Fellaini sent off as United, City draw blank

A physical midfielder never far from on-field flashpoints, Fellaini had just been booked for tripping Aguero when he fouled the City striker again, before confronting him and connecting with a butt to earn a straight red card in the 84th minute.

City substitute Gabriel Jesus, returning after more than two months out injured, thought he had scored a dramatic late victor but his header was ruled out for offside.

City keeper Claudio Bravo had injured his calf in the second-period and his substitution had paused play for a while so with Gabriel Jesus entering the pitch and seven minutes of added-time declared, it looked as the Blue Moon would be rising over Manchester.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho defended his team's approach in Thursday's 0-0 derby draw with Manchester City, hailing their spirit as they held on with 10 men.

Manchester United's Marouane Fellaini, center, is sent off by given a red card during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England, Thursday, April 27, 2017.

"I spoke with Martin who said in his opinion it was a red card".

"I can guess it's a bit of a red card and a bit of a very smart, very experienced Argentinian player".

With United content to defend, City continued pressuring, with Aguero doing most of the damage in the final third, but to little avail.

"What I know is we played 15 minutes with 10 and the boys were absolutely awesome in the way they fought for the point".

"We thought we could catch them on the break".

But there were two moments of unease in the hosts' box, the first when Bravo clawed Anthony Martial's cross into the path of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, whose shot he was then obliged to block.

All in all, United have some serious injury problems and a depleted squad will head to the Etihad but if we can keep up the sorts of performances we've been showing recently then there is every chance we can come away with three huge points tonight. "Today was just a case of having played so many games against fast strikers and knowing what to do".

No-one could deny that the season started off well enough with an unbeaten run lasting the first six games against, admittedly, some of the weaker teams in the league.

"I saw Aguero in the tunnel", Mourinho said.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte made a number of pointed remarks earlier this week, highlighting that he has spent less money at Stamford Bridge than either Manchester club, yet is on the brink of winning the Premier League title.

On the other side of the coin, Manchester United will be on a high making it to the next round of the Europa League.

  • Julie Sanders