Darren Fletcher insists the humiliating 6-1 derby defeat at the hands of Manchester City is as painful for the players as it is for the fans, and says that he and his Manchester United teammates will be doing everything they can to respond in the right way.
The 27-year-old Scotland international gave the Red Devils a glimmer of hope when he pulled a goal back to make it 3-1 with just under ten minutes to play, only for City to net three injury-time goals to complete an emphatic victory.
"We realise how much this result has hurt the fans and how they'll go into work on Monday and get a lot of stick, but the players are hurting just as much," sympathised Fletcher on MUTV. "We live in the city too and we're going to have to deal with it as well.
"No-one wants to lose by the margin we did today, but you've always got to look at positives and say you can lose by that score or lose 1-0 and it's still the same amount of points [to lose].
"I said to the lads in the dressing room afterwards that we need to remember how it feels to lose a game like this, but to remember that no medals are handed out now.
"There's still a long way to go in the season. It's a bad result, but by no means is the league over. We've got to respond and win our next game."
The sending off of Jonny Evans early in the second half was deemed the major turning point in the game, but Fletcher also conceded that United were a little naive in the way they approached the game having been reduced to ten men.
"The sending-off was the turning point," he added. "To lose a man right at the start of the second half made it a long 45 minutes with ten men against a good side.
"We kept trying to win the game when it was conceivably not possible. Maybe we were a bit naive and should have sat behind the ball and tried not to concede.
"At the time you're thinking we're at Old Trafford and we always want to get the ball down and play. The players haven't been brought up to sit behind the ball, defend and see games out. But to lose those goals late on was very disappointing."
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