Frustrated Marouane sure he didn't deserve red: Jose
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho accused Sergio Aguero of being "smart" following his clash with Marouane Fellaini which resulted in the Belgian being sent off.
Fellaini was dismissed for headbutting Aguero as City and United fought out an attritional goalless draw at the Etihad Stadium to leave their hopes of a place in the Premier League's top four still in the balance.
Fellaini's moment of madness - a clear headbutt on Aguero as the pair clashed following a trip by the United ace - came six minutes from time in a tense stalemate.
Mourinho said: "I didn't watch it on the TV. I spoke to Marouane and he's very disappointed as he feels it's a red card because he's Marouane Fellaini.
"I spoke with (referee) Martin Atkinson and Martin told me that in his opinion it was a red card.
"I didn't watch but probably I can guess it's a bit of a red card and that it's a bit of a very experienced, smart Argentinian player.
"Marouane Fellaini is frustrated. He says that with another player it would probably not be a red card.
"He says that Sergio Aguero was intelligent the way he reacted but the only thing I know is that we had to play almost 15 minutes with a tired team.
"But we got the best character out of the players and what can be an important point at the end."
This was United's lowest amount of possession in a Premier League game since Opta started recording that data in 2003-04. They had 30.8 per cent of the ball.
Mourinho added: "Of course with so many problems, with so many injuries, with so many matches there is incredible fatigue.
"The boys gave absolutely everything. The first half was what we wanted - we controlled totally and quite easily defensively and had the game under control.
"In the second half we could not have the beginnings of a counter attack - we were losing the ball too early."
City have now failed to score in four of their last five Manchester derbies in all competitions.
City manager Pep Guardiola said: "We controlled it and created enough chances to win. They had two. We cannot forget which team we were against tonight. They created two clear chances and I am satisfied. I know how difficult it is to play against Manchester United.
"Every game until the last game now will be a final.
"We have the talent but it's not easy with so many players behind the ball.
"We all have tough games coming up now and we know it's not an option to not win these games. Every game is important."