January 14, (THEWILL) – Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, appeared to suggest that Manchester United’s controversial equaliser in their 2-1 English Premier League win on Saturday, was only given because the match was played at Old Trafford.
Jack Grealish put City ahead on the hour mark, yet United drew level in contentious fashion after 78 minutes when Bruno Fernandes, curled home past Ederson as Marcus Rashford, who was in an offside position, ran onto the pass but did not touch the ball, with the initial offside decision being overruled by VAR.
The Red Devils then sealed maximum points four minutes later when Rashford turned home from close range. Guardiola was furious with the decision to allow Fernandes’ goal, insinuating it would have not been given had the game been played elsewhere.
In his post-match comments, Guardiola said: “Marcus Rashford is offside, Bruno Fernandes is not. Rashford distracted our keeper and central defenders. It is what it is. We know where we play. It is difficult for the referees in these stadiums.”
Despite this, the City boss was pleased with how his side equipped themselves against their rivals. He added: “Congratulations to United. People will understand how nice Manchester City is. It was a fantastic game. We controlled the transitions better in the second half against Rashford and their fast players. We had the right spirit to do it.”
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