Manchester City won the spoils in 2-1 victory at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Further details of the astonishing tunnel brawl at Old Trafford between Manchester United and Manchester City players have emerged.
Revelations include how Jose Mourinho ‘storming into the City dressing room’ and Mikel Arteta’s suffered a cut to his head ‘by a bottle thrown from the United side’.
Insults and punches were traded by both sides following City’s 2-1 victory which sent them 11 points clear at the top of the Premier League table.
Here’s a selection of what’s being said about the ugly fracas:
‘MADCHESTER’ is The Sun’s headline this morning and detail claims that Romelu Lukaku tried to ‘slam dunk’ the heads of City players.
It is also claimed City captain Vincent Kompany burst towards the United boss and staff in anger and Mourinho almost lost his balance as the melee ensued.
Mourinho shouted: “Shut up, you’ve won nothing yet, show some respect, this sis the home of United, not you.”
The United boss had water squirted at him by City staff and cartons of milk were thrown.
The report also says City and United agree that Mikel Arteta cut his head due to him banging it on a dressing room door, NOT from a bottle thrown by a United player.
THE DAILY MAIL
‘WATERGATE – Inside the battle of Old Trafford’ is the stamp across the Mail’s back page.
A source told Sportsmail: “Jose went ballistic when the bottle hit him. Steam was coming out of his ears. Then everyone waded in…”
Inside the paper there’s a timeline of events, kicking of with Mourinho fuming at City player’s chants and mocking celebrations after the final whistle.
The United boss then forced his way into the City dressing room and said ‘you have no respect’.
Mourinho is then heard to swear at City goalkeeper Ederson and the pair argued in Portuguese and English.
Jose is then struck by a flying plastic bottle, news of which is relayed back to the United dressing room, with the message: “The gaffer’s been hit by a bottle.”
Furious United players, led by Marcos Rojo and Antonio Valencia, fly down the tunnel towards their City rivals – Ander Hererra, Marcus Rashford, Axel Tuanzebe and Luke Shaw follow after them.
They’re met by City players including Kompany and Fernandinho – and Arteta is cut on the head by another flying bottle.
More players and staff join the melee, with as many as 30 involved in the in a ‘rugby scrum-type brawl’.
Michael Carrick is among those trying to break the fight up, also accusing City players of ‘lacking respect’.
‘Revealed – how the tunnel row turned nasty’ – is the Times’ back page headline.
Mikel Arteta’s eye was cut by an isotonic drinks bottle that was thrown into City’s dressing room.
The FA has begun an investigation, but this may be hindered by the lack of CCTV footage – the cases must be submitted by 6pm on Wednesday.
United have denied that Romelu Lukaku was to blame for the injury Arteta suffered.
City staff allege that one of the club’s physios was punched in the confrontation which lasted less than two minutes.
United and City are at loggerheads over who’s to blame for the tunnel fracas, with the FA expected to receive conflicting reports of what happened.
City will claim Mourinho is to blame for his provocative approach entering the away dressing room.
One source told the Guardian that Mourinho said: “You f****** show respect. Who are you?”
United will claim Romelu Lukaku was not a central figure in the brawl and that City were to blame for their disrespectful behaviour.