Manchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva has labeled his side’s defeat to rivals Manchester United in the Premier League on Sunday ‘not acceptable’.
United’s Anthony Martial reacted well to a quickly taken, chipped Bruno Fernandes free-kick to open the scoring on 30 minutes, then Scott McTominay added a second for his team in added time of the second half.
City goalkeeper Ederson should have saved the first goal, and gifted McTominay the second as Pep Guardiola’s side fell to a third defeat to their rivals in four derbies this season.
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“It was a bad game for us – not acceptable,” Silva admitted after the final whistle.
“We know how good the Manchester United players are on the counter-attack, very aggressive. So our performance was not acceptable.
“We will have to watch the game back and listen to what Pep has to say. But a team like ours cannot lose this many games. We need to check what’s not going right and try not to make so many mistakes.”
The Portuguese also told BBC Sport: “[It was] a very bad day for us. It is always a special game, even though we are not going for the title. It is a special game for our fans and us and we need to do better. It is not acceptable to play this way and lose like this.
“Possession is important in a way, but does not dictate if you play well or not […] It is not acceptable to come here and lose 2-0.”
Silva’s manager Guardiola disagreed with his player’s perception of the performance, however.
“We played good,” he said. ”We conceded a goal and should have avoided it, but in the second half we played good as well. So congratulations to Manchester United. The quality of the opponent always counts.
“We played good. Yes, we could have played better if we win 5-0.”
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