Pellegrini happy with a point

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has said that he was happy to emerge from Sunday's Manchester derby with a point, but admitted that the contest was by no means a classic.

City and United played out a dull 0-0 draw, only the third goalless Manchester derby in the Premier League era, in a fixture that was devoid of attacking quality despite two star-studded line-ups.

The win takes City back to the top of the Premier League standings, edging Arsenal on goal difference, and Pellegrini believes that a point on the road is a good result for his side, although he was not impressed with the standard of the game.

"We are back at the top of the table," he said.

"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."

City have at times found clean sheets hard to come by, but Pellegrini has said that preventing United from scoring is only a small victory, with his side not playing attractive football.

"It's important to have a point here, but I don't think it's the way teams should play," he told Sky Sports.

"What did I not like? Not to have possession, not to create chances in the second half, but I repeat it is a very difficult team, we are playing away. 

"At this moment it is a very good point, we were very concentrated, well defending, and maybe a lot of media criticism, but we can do it also. If we want to defend, we can defend.

"We don't like it though, we like to be an attacking team, but today we couldn't because we didn't play well."