Manchester United striker Michael Owen has tweeted the reasons for their thumping by Manchester City yesterday. Owen is adamant if it was 11 v 11 the result would have been different.

He began: "Understand the general feeling from the fans but even though the result was bad, there are reasons why.

"1. We haven't been in top form lately. If we had played them earlier on in the season (charity shield) it may of been a different result.

"2. Even though Man City were very good, we would never of conceded 6 with 11 men.

"3. Easy to accept defeat and limit the damage. That's not in our DNA. Playing in front of 75,000 fans at home. We have to attack to the end."