Manuel Pellegrini was not happy with Manchester City’s display at Manchester United but satisfied with the point that moved them back to the top of the Premier League.
Without Sergio Aguero or David Silva, City looked toothless in attack in the 170th Manchester derby.
Yaya Toure had two chances to open the scoring at the end of the half but fluffed them both, with Jesse Lingard’s flick onto the crossbar the closest either side went to scoring in a game short on quality.
Pellegrini was unhappy with his side’s lack of creativity at Old Trafford but pleased with their defensive organisation and the point which it secured.
He said: “We are back at the top of the table.
“It was a very tactical game. I prefer to play in another way but we defended well.
“Unfortunately for the fans it was not a very attractive game. We are two creative teams, but we could not do it today.
“If you can’t win, then don’t lose it. People have said that we can’t defend and in the second half we did very well.
“We lost so much possession of the ball and we had to concentrate. United had two late chances but overall it was close.
“I am satisfied with a point but I don’t like to play this way.”
Vincent Kompany, meanwhile, dismissed speculation after the game that he has fallen out with Pellegrini.
Kompany started on the bench in the two games prior to the Manchester derby after he went against Pellegrini’s wishes and played for Belgium against Israel.
Pellegrini did not want his captain to play for his national side because he was carrying a calf injury.
The City boss recalled the centre-half for Sunday’s game at Old Trafford, and afterwards the captain played down reports of a rift between him and his manager.
“Everyone knows how much this game means to me,” Kompany told Sky Sports.
“I was disappointed to be left out of the team but it is all about opinions.
“There is no problem with me and the manager.”