After his team lost 4-2 to Manchester United in the highly anticipated Manchester derby Sunday, Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini says that he is really to face the blame for the loss.
“I always think it is my responsibility, always,” Pellegrini stressed during the post game interviews.
The City head also brushed asider questions regarding how the loss would affect his position as manager. “The only way we can change this is by winning games. I am not talking about my position. It is not important,” Pellegrini stressed. The 61-year old manager has been heavily criticized for his handling of the team this season, with the 2014 champions falling to fourth place in the league standings.
Pellegrini’s boys managed to open an early lead in the match, courtesy of Sergio Aguero’s goal in the eighth minute. However, it was immediately equalized by United’s Ashley Young. From there, the Red Devils never looked back, despite Aguero managing to score a second goal in the last few minutes.
“We made important mistakes for the second goal and the third was offside but the result was a fair one,” Pellegrini assessed.
He went on to say that team morale also played a large factor in the outcome of the match. “Maybe it is something we can be concerned by,” Pellegrini said. “It is easy when you are two goals in front to play with more trust than the team that is two goals behind.”
However, Pellegrini is still confident that they still have a shot at finishing with a better result this season. “We have 18 points more to play so we must try not to make it a dramatic moment,” he stressed. “We now have two games at home — we must try to recover from this defeat. We must try to win the next game.”
The manager also asked for the fans’ continued support. “I think the fans of City are very important fans. Maybe we are not in a good moment but I am sure they will continue supporting this group.”