Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola and Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho have both commented on events in the aftermath of City’s 2-1 win over United at Old Trafford on Sunday.
City went eleven points clear of their cross-city rivals following Nicolas Otamendi’s second-half winner at Old Trafford, but the headlines were stolen by an incident in the tunnel after the game.
Reports emerged of an altercation between Mourinho and multiple Manchester City players, while City coach Mikel Arteta was supposedly split open by a flying bottle in the fracas.
Consequently, the FA have ordered both clubs to explain their version of events, and Guardiola has defended the Blue’s celebrations after the final whistle – in fact admitting that he encouraged them.
Guardiola said in his press conference ahead of City’s game with Swansea on Wednesday:
“I encouraged the players to celebrate victory, but of course inside the locker room and with huge respect for our opponents, not just Manchester United.
“If we were not correct than I apologise to all of Manchester United. Our intentions was not that. It was to celebrate inside the locker room.”
The City squad were celebrating with loud music whilst leaving the dressing room door open. United staff were not pleased, and Mourinho allegedly demanded that the victorious players show more respect whilst on the way to his post-match interviews.
An argument then broke out between Mourinho and Man City goalkeeper Ederson, multiple players from both sides got involved a carton of milk was thrown towards Mourinho and hit a female member of United’s backroom team, before the incident spiralled out of control.
Mourinho, meanwhile, has since questioned the education and behaviour of City’s players. Initially refusing to acknowledge the incident in his own press conference, Mourinho offered a short response to reporters:
“For me it was just a question of diversity – diversity in behaviours and diversity in education. Just that and nothing more than that.”
While we are yet to discover what action the FA will take against both clubs following the altercation, this incident will only further add to the growing rivalry that exists between the two clubs.
This won’t be the last we hear of the ‘milk-gate’ incident.
Jordan Norris, Pundit Arena