KEVIN DE BRUYNE AND RIYAD MAHREZ INSPIRE MANCHESTER CITY TO WIN OVER MANCHESTER UNITED

KEVIN DE BRUYNE AND RIYAD MAHREZ INSPIRE MANCHESTER CITY TO WIN OVER MANCHESTER UNITED

Speaking on Sky Sports, United legend Gary Neville said his former team "were a disgrace in the last 25 minutes

at the Etihad Stadium while Roy Keane said the performance in the second half was "shameful" and "unforgivable."

"I didn't have the impression that they didn't try," Rangnick said.

"It's difficult against Manchester City because they are the best team in possession on the planet. I can't blame anyone for not trying but it was difficult after the third goal

During a tense post-match news conference, Rangnick was also forced to dismiss speculation that Cristiano Ronaldo had missed the game after being told he would not be part of the starting XI.

I have to believe my medical department," he added.

Forward Edinson Cavani was also missing despite returning to training on Thursday, meaning Rangnick was forced to start with Bruno Fernandes as a false nine.

Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick has defended his players after they were accused of showing a lack of effort during their 4-1 derby defeat to Manchester City.