Jose asked about derby brawl, says 'diversity' a lot

Ruben Hill
December 16, 2017

BITTER Manchester rivals United and City are still at war after their Old Trafford tunnel bust-up. The only thing I can say is that for me it was just a question of diversity - diversity in behaviours, diversity in education.

"If we offended United - not just one player, not Jose - Manchester United, then I apologise", said the Spaniard. United's manager had gone there to complain about the level of noise but a bust-up involving up to 20 players and staff of the clubs broke out.

Asked if the celebrations were over the top, Guardiola told a news conference on Tuesday: "Definitely not". It was the same as after the Southampton game, maybe it was more then because the winning goal then was in the 86th minute. "We won a derby", he said of a Premier League-record 14th consecutive win.

The result sparked mass celebrations from all connected to City, with United understood to have taken exception to the merriment in and around the dressing room area. "I don't want to do that, believe me, but sometimes you do". We jumped about because we were happy. If the people can not understand that then I'm sorry. But all the teams around the world who win a derby - they are happy. It's what we did.

"I know but I keep saying this is pre-Bournemouth". "I'm not here to comment on his words". Mourinho then made his remarks about diversity.

"They don't do that now because Jose Mourinho plays so defensive".

"I am the guy who encouraged them to celebrate it in that moment but between each other". "It's always important to keep a distance with our direct opponents, but we are going to keep working no matter what, focused on our job and try to win there". We have a complete dedication to the match, every player trying to do their best. "I think you work for another club and not for the press".

"After what happened, hopefully it can not happen again. What we did, what happened after that match, the way we behaved as winners... but no problem". "The players fought to win the game and we could have won by more or we could have drawn".

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