Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has demanded an instant response from his players after the 6-1 derby defeat against Manchester City yesterday (Sunday).
Mario Balotelli gave the visitors the lead in the first-half before Jonny Evans crucially saw red at the start of the second period. The Italian striker doubled the lead before Sergio Aguero made in 3-0 to Roberto Mancini's side.
Darren Fletcher pulled one back with a superb strike from distance following Javier Hernandez's layoff, but late goals from Edin Dzeko (2) and David Silva put the gloss on a famous win for the Citizens.
Ferguson was left to rue the crucial red card at a pivotal stage of the match, but expects the scoreline to have a lasting affect on the players at Old Trafford.
“You have to recover. In the history of Manchester United, it is another day and we’ll recover from this, there’s no question about that," Ferguson told the official website post-match.
“But that kind of defeat will make an impact on the players. There’s a lot of embarrassment in the dressing room and quite rightly so. Hopefully they’ll show that [reaction] next week.”
“The sending-off was a killer blow to us. The player (Balotelli) didn’t control the ball, but the fact Jonny tugged his jersey gave the referee plenty of reason to send him off. It was a killer, a really bad blow to us because City are so strong defensively."
The Red Devils actually made a positive start to proceedings, looking the more likely to break the deadlock in the opening exchanges of the match.
And, whilst the Scot felt it was hard luck going a goal down, he was less impressed with his players for their attacking exploits in the final stages of the match as City took advantage of the gaps left at the back.
“For the first 10 minutes, we absolutely dominated the game and played some brilliant football so it was hard to believe when we went 1-0 down, but that was retrievable," Ferguson continued.
“We just kept attacking. It’s alright playing with the history books but common sense has to come in at times. With the experience we had at the back, we should have realised that and settled for what we had when it went to 4-1.
“At times our full-backs were almost our wingers and we were playing almost two versus three at the back. That was suicide and crazy.”