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- José Mourinho was so enraged by Manchester United’s loss to Manchester City he reportedly tried to barge into the opponent’s dressing room after the game.
- Mourinho apparently swore at City goalkeeper Ederson and told the team to turn their music down, but was pelted with a one-pint carton of milk.
- Police reportedly had to separate a 20-man confrontation where “punches and bottles” were thrown.
- City assistant coach Mikel Arteta was reportedly left bloodied by the exchange.
Manchester City’s 2-1 victory over local rivals Manchester United has been overshadowed by a 20-man confrontation that required police intervention.
Nicolás Otamendi and David Silva scored either side of the half, meaning Manchester City left Old Trafford with the victory, all three points, and had opened up an 11-point gap at the top of the Premier League table.
Though there were plenty of talking points during the game, the real drama occured after the final whistle.
United manager José Mourinho was so furious with the loss, he reportedly attempted to barge into City’s changing room and swore at City goalkeeper Ederson, then had water and milk thrown at him.
Mourinho accused Ederson, shown celebrating below, of time-wasting and play-acting, according to The Guardian. He reportedly then screamed: “You f****** show respect. Who are you?”
The BBC reported that the row did not end there. Mourinho had water and a “one pint carton of milk” thrown at him after telling City players to show respect, turn down their music, and quieten their victory celebrations.
The Guardian added that police had to “separate up to 20 players and staff members” as bottles and punches were thrown, reporting that Manchester City assistant coach Mikel Arteta was left bloodied as he suffered a gash above his eyebrow.
The Guardian’s chief football writer, Daniel Taylor, tweeted that United striker Romelu Lukaku was “prominently involved” in the bloody skirmish.
This bust-up in the tunnel at Old Trafford today. It wasn't handbags: Mikel Arteta was left with blood pouring down face. Bottles as well as punches thrown. Romelu Lukaku prominently involved, according to witnesses.
— Daniel Taylor (@DTguardian) December 10, 2017
Players from both teams reportedly interacted normally after they had gotten changed.