Manchester City suffered another blow in their Premier League title defence with a derby day defeat to Manchester United last night.
Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial scored for United, who won the bragging rights despite Nicolas Otamendi's late header. Liverpool's win earlier in the day puts them 14 points ahead of City, who have now dropped as many points already this season as they did in the entirety of the last campaign.
After the game, City confirmed they were working with Greater Manchester Police to identify a supporter appearing to make a racist gesture towards United players Fred and Jesse Lingard. City vowed to ban any supporter found guilty of racism for life.
City were handed a potential injury blow as defender John Stones went off injured in the second half, replaced by goalscorer Otamendi.
Stay tuned for all the latest news and transfer rumours coming from the Etihad today.
City will reject chance to re-sign Sancho - report
City have first refusal on Jadon Sancho should the England forward decide to leave Borussia Dortmund.
The MEN reported this 13 months ago when Sancho was beginning to make a name for himself in the Bundesliga.
The Sunday Mirror is now carrying the same story but adds that City have no intention of exercising their right to re-sign the youngster.
The report adds that petulance from Sancho when he left City for Dortmund in 2017 is one of the reasons they will pass up on the opportunity to bring him back to the Etihad.
Merson makes claim about Guardiola
Arsenal legend Paul Merson has claimed that even Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola would struggle in North London, declaring that the vacancy is ‘one of the worst jobs in the game’.
The Gunners are on the hunt for a new manager after axing Unai Emery from his post last month and remain winless in their last seven Premier League matches.
Freddie Ljungberg has taken temporary charge of the North London outfit but is still waiting for his first victory in charge, following a draw with Norwich City and defeat at the hands of Brighton.
As such, the pressure is rising upon the club to appoint a new permanent manager but Merson has identified the daunting task that lies ahead - claiming that even Guardiola would struggle with the position.
Read what Merson had to say here.
What Rodri made of VAR impact on derby
City midfielder Rodri said the team is ‘p***** off’ about the VAR calls that went the Blues during yesterday’s derby.
Read exactly what he had to say here.
What Guardiola told City players in dressing room
Pep Guardiola did his usual press conference act of claiming his side had played well.
It has become a regular thing for the Manchester City boss, to defend his players in public, and to keep any criticism within the four walls of the dressing room.
But the Blues’ Spanish midfielder Rodri said that the manager was calm and restrained when he addressed his players after the 2-1 derby defeat which effectively ended any hopes of City catching runaway Premier League leaders Liverpool.
Read what Rodri had to say here.
GMP make arrest over alleged racist incident
Greater Manchester Police have issued the following statement following the alleged racist incident during yesterday’s derby.
A man has been arrested after a video posted on social media showed a supporter making racist gestures at the Manchester City v Manchester United match at the Etihad Stadium yesterday.
At around 6.55pm on Saturday 7 December 2019 police were called to a report of a supporter making alleged racist gestures and sounds towards players during the Manchester City and Manchester United derby.
A 41-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of a racially aggravated public order and remains in custody for questioning.
Superintendent Chris Hill of the City of Manchester Division said: “I would like to thank the public for their ongoing support with this incident.
“Racism of any kind has no place in football or our society and I hope this arrest shows that we are taking this matter extremely seriously.
“We will continue to work with Manchester City and Manchester United Football clubs on this incident and will investigate any other lines of enquiries.”
Shearer explains why City lost
Alan Shearer said Manchester United could have scored five times in their victory over Manchester City on Saturday, such was their first-half dominance at the Etihad.
United led 2-0 at half-time and eventually ran out 2-1 winners courtesy of goals from Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial.
The result leaves City 14 points off Premier League leaders Liverpool and Shearer believes City’s game-plan suited United’s pacy attackers down to the ground.
Read what Shearer had to say here.
What Guardiola said about City's performance vs United
Pep Guardiola was happy with Manchester City’s performance in their derby defeat - even if nobody agrees with him.
The Blues suffered their fourth defeat of the season as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side stunned the Premier League champions with two first-half strikes and then held on to claim a 2-1 win.
Defeat leaves City in third place and 14 points off top spot in the Premier League and was the latest example of how a team that has dominated the division for the last two years now finds themselves vulnerable.
Solskjaer hailed the Blues as the best team in the world after the game, while Guardiola chose to praise United.
See what Guardiola had to say here.
Walker's title race admission
Manchester City defender Kyle Walker has admitted it will be difficult to catch Liverpool in the hunt for the Premier League title, after a 14-point gap opened up on Saturday.
Jurgen Klopp’s side beat Bournemouth 3-0 earlier in the day to extend their lead and defeat for City in the derby against Manchester United leaves Pep Guardiola’s defending champions adrift.
While there is still plenty of football to be played, a deficit that large has never been overturned in the history of the Premier League and Liverpool are now firm favourites to win their first league title in three decades.
As such, Walker has admitted that it will be difficult for City to claw their way back and win a third-consecutive title but assured fans they will continue to fight until the end.
Read what Walker had to say here.
All the reaction from City 1-2 United
Report: Man City have bigger problem than VAR
Manchester City were irate at the video assistant referee as defeat to Manchester United ended their Premier League title challenge.
But the Blues, including manager Pep Guardiola – who spent some of the half-time break debating passionately with fourth official Mike Dean – need to look to their own deficiencies, rather than the vagaries and inconsistencies of the new tech nonsense.
Hit by a VAR -awarded penalty for Marcus Rashford, and a snap shot by Anthony Martial, City were cursing their luck when three handball shouts were denied by ref Anthony Taylor and his video back-up in Stockley Park.
The fact that the video assistant referee took centre stage again in an enthralling Manchester derby should be a concern for the football authorities.
But all the controversy cannot cover up the Manchester City’s cracks which see them now 14 points behind leaders Liverpool.
Read the full verdict here.
Angelino and Bernardo Silva were awful in Stuart Brennan’s post-match player ratings from the Etihad yesterday.
Read them here.
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