FA asks Guardiola to explain Manchester derby referee comments


League leaders and reigning champions City are now 12 points ahead of United, who languish in eighth after the derby loss.

After a disappointing derby day defeat, reports emerging from within Manchester United suggest that a scapegoat for the the club's on-field issues has been identified - midfielder Nemanja Matic taking the brunt of the blame from his fellow teammates.

Irwin said on MUTV's The Paddy Crerand Show: "The manager, like he did with [Victor] Lindelof, he is letting Fred settle and get used to the pace of the Premier League".

The bookies have priced up a whole host of United-related specials, and the future looks far from bright for the Premier League giants. And, to be honest, we have got a challenge on our hands to get there'.

"We always pass the ball and try to find players between the lines in the best position possible to attack the opponent", he said.

With Mohammed Salah, Mane, Shaqiri and Firmino, the Reds have enough firepower to score many goals that will help them win matches and also help the team avoid defeat. "They came up against probably the best team in Europe (Manchester City) and got beaten".

"It was hard, they defended so deep and they are aggressive, they follow man to man".

Vidic won five titles and the Champions League under Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford. But when these facts were put to Mourinho after the match, he said: "I think we are not going to be relegated".

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City were cruising to victory in the contest courtesy of goals from David Silva, Sergio Aguero and Ilkay Gundogan, whereas Anthony Martial managed United's goal from the penalty spot.

United were restricted to a single shot on target on Sunday and Fernandinho has been impressed with the way their partnership has developed this season.

"Before you know it, it's there and you think 'very impressive'".

"Every player was saying the same thing: 'OK, guys, don't do the same as a year ago, be careful, pay attention.' So when we came back on the pitch, we played better than the first half, so won the derby".

"It's handsome to watch and I'm sure our fans are so pleased with our performance".

Man United manager Jose Mourinho has claimed people who don't understand football use stats.

"One thing is a bad performance another thing is a performance with mistakes".