Sunday night ended with Man City triumphantly on top, having ended the 40-game strong unbeaten streak of United at Old Trafford, and more importantly, elevating their own dominance atop the Premier League table to eleven loud points.
The noisy neighbors won the derby 2-1 and celebrated strongly on the pitch. But it appears that their triumphs didn’t go unnoticed, and led to an encounter that left one senior member bleeding and had Jose Mourinho become the target of a milk carton.
Heading into the tunnel after the full-time whistle, a jubilant City were believed to have been celebrating in their dressing room with the door ajar. Mourinho, on his way to the post-match press-conference, caught sight of this and allegedly reprimanded the Sky Blues for their over-the-top behavior.
Goalkeeper Ederson, who facilitated a brilliant point saving double save during the dying minutes of the match, sparred words with Mourinho, with Portuguese being the medium of the verbal squabble.
The fight escalated quickly, and twenty men from both sides are believed to have been involved, with the most daunting casualty being that of a bleeding Mikel Arteta.
The assistant manager cut his head following a bottle being hurled at him during the conflict. According to Cadena Ser, via The Mirror as well as The Guardian, it was Romelu Lukaku who threw the bottle at the former Arsenal player.
If the Belgian was indeed the culprit, then the bottle hurl was more on target than nearly all of his efforts on goal during the actual derby.
The squabble is also believed to have featured a milk carton being thrown at Mourinho, the effect of which were thankfully not to be seen during the Portuguese boss’s post-match interview.
The FA has since announced that they will be launching an investigation into the row, and will be taking inputs from both sides until December 13 before announcing definitive action.
Irrespective of how the match turned out, it is highly unprofessional behavior from both sides to have indulged in such a childish brawl.
Written by Naveen Kelvin
A writer trying to craft the poetry within football. Purpose in life is to Make Good Art.