Mourinho asked to explain pre-Manchester derby comments

United and City have until Friday evening to explain post-match fracas in tunnel

 Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola  and Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho after the final whistle of the derby which City won 2-1. Photograph: PA Wire

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola and Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho after the final whistle of the derby which City won 2-1. Photograph: PA Wire

 

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has been asked by the Football Association to provide his observations on comments he made ahead of last weekend’s derby against Manchester City.

Mourinho has until 6pm on December 18th to respond to the request, relating to comments made on December 8th, two days before the match which City won 2-1 at Old Trafford.

An FA statement did not specify which particular remarks were of interest, although Mourinho said in a press conference that it only takes a “little bit of wind” to knock City’s players over.

The Portuguese also accused City of committing “tactical fouls” to shut down counter-attacks from opposing teams.

In his pre-match press conference, Mourinho said: “They are a good team. They defend well, they react well to the moment they lose the ball.

“They have a good dynamic in attack, they have creative movement. They have amazing players, they have a fantastic coach, they have lots of good things.

“If you ask me one thing that I don’t like a lot it’s that they lose their balance very easily. You know, a little bit of wind and they fall.”

Unbalanced

Mourinho, speaking to a number of national newspapers, then added that City are guilty of tactical fouls.

“It is a strategy [City] have,” he said. “They attack with a lot of players. When they lose the ball, they are many times unbalanced in numbers, they have lots of people surrounding the ball area and have a very strong – and this is a great quality – transition in the next few seconds after they lose the ball, and many times they need what is called a tactical foul.

“Then it is up to the referee to analyse and make a decision about it, but I cannot speak about that.”

Mourinho also suggested he would not be allowed to wear a ribbon like the one that City boss Pep Guardiola has worn in support of imprisoned Catalan politicians.

Both City and United have already been asked to provide observations on a post-match fracas in the tunnel at Old Trafford.

It has been reported that Mourinho went to the City dressing room to complain about excessive post-match celebrations, sparking a melee in which he had milk and water thrown at him while City coach Mikel Arteta suffered a cut to the head.

The clubs have until 6pm on Friday to respond to that request.

After the match, which put City 11 points clear of United at the top of the table, Mourinho had complained that United should have been awarded a late penalty when Ander Herrera tumbled under a challenge from Nicolas Otamendi. Herrera was instead booked for simulation.

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