Out-passed, outclassed - Man Utd sink to possession low in derby defeat to City

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Jose Mourinho's defensive approach did not pay off in the end and his side's ability to retain the ball was at its worst level in years

Manchester United's derby defeat to Manchester City on Sunday saw the Red Devils post their worst possession percentage at home in the Premier League for quite some time.

Jose Mourinho's men were beaten 2-1 by their rivals at Old Trafford with goals from David Silva and Nicolas Otamendi granting City the victory.

Despite being at home and desperately in need of a win to keep their title hopes alive, United were reduced to the role of spectators for much of the game as City dominated the play.

By the end of the match, Mourinho's side had the ball for just 35 per cent of the time, which is their lowest percentage at the venue in the competition since the 2003-04 campaign - 14 years ago.

Silva gave Guardiola's side the lead towards the end of the first half, but United hit back immediately through Marcus Rashford.

However, Otamendi capitalised on a Romelu Lukaku mistake to power his side back in front.

City held on to claim a pivotal victory, one which moves them 11 points clear at the top of the table after 16 games, and United's title hopes are now beginning fade.

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