City boss Roberto Mancini opted to put his men behind the ball in an attempt to thwart United’s attack and the tactics drew disapproval from van der Sar.
"I don't think it was a good point for us. The game was quite one-sided,” he said.
"We got the ball on the floor and passed it from player to player but we didn't create a lot because they shut us off well defensively.
"But City didn't really come forward and leave their defensive position.
"They were clearly aiming for a point and hoping for more whereas we really wanted to win and tried to play like that.
"It didn't really materialise for us but they were more defensive."