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Pep Guardiola Defends Man City Celebrations While Jose Mourinho Questions Their Education

Manchester United's Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho (L) and Manchester City's Spanish manager Pep Guardiola (R) gestures from the touchline during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on December 10, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Oli SCARFF / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo credit should read OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)

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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.”

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 08: Pep Guardiola speaks during the press conference at the Manchester City Football Academy on December 8, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Victoria Haydn/Man City via Getty Images)

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.”

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 12:  (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Manager Jose Mourinho of Manchester United speaks during a press conference at Aon Training Complex on December 12, 2017 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Matthew Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images)

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

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Author: Jordan Norris

Mostly covering football and GAA - Jordan is currently studying a BA English in UCC, and can be contacted through jordannorris19@outlook.ie .