Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out ‘excellent’ Manchester United defender Luke Shaw for praise after the goalless draw with Manchester City.
The Manchester rivals played out a drab derby stalemate at Old Trafford on Saturday, with the Premier League fixture producing only four shots on target.
Riyad Mahrez had the best chance of the game but could shoot straight at David de Gea, while Marcus Rashford thought he had won the hosts a penalty, only for VAR to show he was offside.
Solskjaer was pleased with Manchester United’s performance and singled out left back Shaw for praise following his return from injury.
‘The reason we want more substitutes is so we can rest players, not to change the game too much,’ Solskjaer said in a post-match press conference.
‘Today, we felt the need to keep those players on. I don’t think any of them really struggled.
‘I was worried a bit about Luke [Shaw] because he’s been out for a while, but I thought he was excellent, his performance was absolutely top.
‘If we were 2-0 up, you’d take him off for the last 20 minutes. But we needed to keep the shape.’
Manchester United and Manchester City are eighth and ninth respectively in the Premier League following Saturday’s draw.
City boss Pep Guardiola said: ‘They started well after we finished the first half well.
‘United is always a strong team, this is Old Trafford. They score when they can run but we controlled them really well.
‘It is not a derby, it would be different with the people and maybe they pushed more. It is different every week without the people, the virus is still there, you have to be careful.’