Jack Grealish part of 'tunnel clash after Manchester derby,' Pep Guardiola and Harry Maguire also involved
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Jack Grealish, Pep Guardiola and Harry Maguire all took part in a heated ‘discussion’ in the tunnel after Manchester United’s sensational comeback win over Manchester City, according to stunning reports.
City took the lead at Old Trafford on Saturday after Grealish, who came off the bench in place of Phil Foden, fired a header past United ‘keeper David de Gea.
However, United responded in a somewhat controversial fashion after Marcus Rashford wasn’t flagged offside and Bruno Fernandes pulled back the equaliser.
Rashford then fired United into a shock lead only five minutes on from Fernandes’ equaliser, with City dropping valuable points in the Premier League title race.
Following on from the Manchester derby, reporter Jan Aage Fjortoft claimed that tension spilt over in the Old Trafford tunnel and players from both sides were involved.
Speaking in a Twitter video, he revealed that Grealish was both ‘very disappointed’ and ‘not aggressive’ during his involvement in the discussion.
Fjortoft added that City boss Guardiola and United captain Maguire were also ‘talking a bit’ as part of their bit in the tunnel exchange.
“We know there is a big history around this derby,” he said.
There was a „discussion“ in the players‘ tunnel …here I explain that it’s „just normal“@ViaplayFotball pic.twitter.com/0fja0Qf2lw— Jan Aage Fjørtoft 🏳️🌈 🇳🇴 💛💙 (@JanAageFjortoft) January 14, 2023
“After losing 6-3, you must understand that Manchester United will be very happy to turn this game around.”
City defender Manuel Akanji was not happy with United’s equaliser and believed that it should have been ruled out due to Rashford being offside.
“Rashford is chasing the ball for 30 metres in an offside position. I think he is like two or three metres in front of me,” he told Fjortoft.
“I claim offside because I see him in the position and he is chasing the ball clearly until the last second. For me, it is clear interference.”
City’s defeat to United left the Premier League champions five points adrift from Arsenal, who face Tottenham in the north London derby on Sunday.
United’s win strengthened their position for a top-four finish this season, with the Red Devils in third place and only one point behind City.
Erik ten Hag’s men will return to action on Wednesday with their away trip to Selhurst Park for their Premier League clash against Crystal Palace.
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