Manchester City (h) Premier League
2 mins Tim
Krul's attempted pass to Joey Barton was intercepted by Carlos Tevez and
the unhappy striker found Gareth
Barry, who slipped
the ball through Krul's legs in front of the Gallowgate End with
just 72 seconds played. 0-1
United Manager Alan Pardew said:
"We stood on Man City man-for-man and we've given them a good old game today. At 2-1, when we got the goal, we thought there could be something special on here. I thought we missed a couple of chances at that stage and unfortunately for us, they get a bit of a fluky goal.
"You've just got to rely on the character of the group. We've got some good players and I thought we could get something out of the game still. We pressed that at half-time, and I thought our performance outside of that first few minutes was as good as we've produced. There was some good stuff.
"But you just can't give away goals, and when you come up against strong opposition like Man City, they're going to make it very difficult for you, which they did. You knew they were going to start fast and we needed to be right for it. Sometimes you get away with individual errors, sometimes you don't, and we got punished today.
"It reveals your character when you get adversity like that. A lesser side might have got beaten 4- or 5-0 today but dug in and had a real battle. We got back in it and almost got something out of it so I'll take that from the game."
about town Roberto Mancini reflected:
that a return to home soil might inspire United to a first Boxing Day
success in nine years were torpedoed within the first 90 seconds by Roberto
Mancini's party poopers on Sunday afternoon.