Though there were multiple talking points in the game, but the story that made headlines was the post-match ‘dressing room bust-up’ between the two sides.
The confrontation in the tunnel and the changing rooms after the derby escalated to such an extent that police officers and stewards had to get involved in order to restore order.
It was reported by The Guardian that the incident took place when the Special One went to the Cityzens dressing room in order to tell them to ‘keep their music down’.
But the action turned into a spat instead, as City’s goalkeeper, Ederson, and Mourinho ‘started shouting insults at one another in Portuguese’.
Mourinho is also said to have accused the Brazilian shot-stopper of wasting time, and the tactician supposedly yelled at him: “You fucking show respect. Who are you?”
The report also claimed that the United boss was ‘struck by a plastic bottle’ and ‘squirted with milk’, and as many as 20 players got involved in the heated exchange. Romelu Lukaku was reportedly one of the most prominent figures to be included in the mayhem.
Furthermore, City’s assistant manager Mikel Arteta ‘was left with blood streaming down his face’ in a clash which saw bottles and punches being thrown.
Meanwhile, Mourinho had voiced his exasperation after the match, as he stated that Pep Guardiola’s men were “lucky” to win.
“Manchester City are a very good team and they are protected by the luck, and the gods of football are behind them,: said the Portuguese tactician following the defeat.
“My first reaction is I feel sorry for referee Michael Oliver because he had a very good match but unfortunately he made an important mistake. The result was made with a big penalty not given (on Ander Herrera). That would have been 2-2 with 20 minutes to go.
“Michael was unlucky because it was a clear penalty. The referee is a human being and he tried his best. He was very committed to have a good match which I think he had but made one mistake which was a crucial mistake.
“They scored two goals which were quite unbelievable to concede. They scored two goals out of nothing with rebounds….two easy goals. We did good things, we did bad things. I think they are a very good team, but I think they are lucky, they have decisions in their favour.
“We did enough to win the game? It depends on your perspective. They had more of the ball and apparently more control because they kept the ball more than us. But I think the players fought enough. Without any analysing the match is made of incidents and the penalty was a big incident.”
Written by Sidharth Jindal
Sports fanatic with a passion for writing (predominantly football) and “Wants to live life to its fullest.” Writes about the Premier League on his personal blog.