Sunday 25 February 2018

'I don't think he is a nice man' - Eamon Dunphy hits out at Guardiola over 'ugly and nasty' post-match incident

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola
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Eamon Dunphy thinks that Manchester City could be defensively vulnerable in this weekend's crunch derby clash with Man United at Old Trafford.

Pep Guardiola's side have only conceded 10 goals in the league this season, which is the second best record, but there have been gaps at the back recently as City required late goals to win three successive games 2-1 against Huddersfield, Southampton and West Ham.

They currently hold an eight point lead over second place Man United, and could almost wrap up the Premier League title if they win this Sunday - but Dunphy expects this to be their toughest test of the season.

Speaking on Game On on 2FM, Dunphy singled out defender Nicolas Otamendi as one weak link in the Man City rearguard.

"I think it will be a real game and it will be a real test for City," Dunphy said.

"They have to get a defence from somewhere. They don't have one. Otamendi isn't an accident waiting to happen - it happens every week!"

One big talking point ahead of the derby is the absence through suspension of Paul Pogba. The French star saw red in the 3-1 win against Arsenal last Saturday but Dunphy maintains that the Red Devils won't lose much in their midfield.

"It's not a game-changer for next weekend, not at all," Dunphy said.

"I don't think Pogba is that good. There are a lot of guys in England hyping Pogba up. He is okay. He is always on the edge of the game. He made a goal at the weekend but for £90m you are expecting a lot more over the 90 minutes.

"He is not a world class player."

"I think he is very self-indulgent," Dunphy added.

"He doesn't appear to have a care in the world. I'd say he is a smashing lad to go on a night out [with] or to live next door to but does he win matches?"

Dunphy also reserved some criticism for Guardiola over his heated discussion with Southampton's Nathan Redmond in last Wednesday's win, which the Spaniard escaped sanction for this afternoon.

"That incident with Redmond was ugly and nasty," Dunphy said.

"I don't think he is a nice man."

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