Sunday 16 June 2019

'I remember Vieira v Keane, it's not the first time' - Pep Guardiola speaks about Old Trafford brawl

Keane and Vieira vbattle and (inset) Mourinho and Guardiola
Keane and Vieira vbattle and (inset) Mourinho and Guardiola

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has spoken for the first time since the dressing room brawl following Manchester City's 2-1 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford.

The City boss has insisted the victory celebrations were not over the top and revealed he shook hands with United counterpart Jose Mourinho after it all died down.

Guardiola also suggested that this is not the first time that tempers have boiled over and cited Roy Keane's rivalry with Patrick Vieira as an example of how passion can sometimes get the better of players.

"Nope, definitely not," said Guardiola when asked if the celebrations were over the top.

"It was the same as the Southampton game, we were happy. We won a derby against United, at that moment the best derby to win. Do people expect us not to celebrate? No, we celebrate it.

"I am the guy who encouraged them to celebrate, but inside. What happened after, happened, and hopefully will not happen again."

Guardiola, however, would not disclose any information on what happened when Mourinho entered the City dressing room.

"I'm not going to comment on that," he added.

We shook hands and afterwards went to the locker room. I encouraged the players to celebrate the victory in the locker room because we have great respect for our opponents."

When pushed on what happened Mikel Arteta, who reportedly suffered a cut above the eye, Guardiola added: "I'm not going to explain the comments about what happened there. The FA investigation knows our opinion on that.

"I was clear what I said, that's all.

"People talk, people talk. The game was good, we played our way and we could have scored more goals. In the end, they could have drawn, they could've won.

"He plays in his way, we play in our way. Our counter-attack was not perfect.

"I remember when I was in Spain, Vieira vs Keane, it's not the first time, hopefully it'll be the last.

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