Pep Guardiola dismissed Jose Mourinho’s claims that his Manchester City players “go down easily” after his side’s 2-1 win at Old Trafford.
Goals from David Silva and Nicolas Otamendi extended City’s lead at the top of the Premier League to 11 points, but Mourinho criticised referee Michael Oliver for not awarding Manchester United a penalty.
Mourinho had also said before the game that City’s players go down easily, but Guardiola strongly denied the claim, and referenced how his opposite number was bringing up referee performances for the second straight year after their 2-1 win at Old Trafford in September 2016.
Asked about Mourinho’s claims, Guardiola said: “That is not true. That is not true. We want to play. Sometimes they are quicker, faster, but that is not true.
“So we are an honest team, the team that average 60, 65, 70, 80 per cent possession, that means we want to play. So we did it. We came here to play, and that’s why I’m so satisfied.”
And asked about Mourinho’s take on the penalty decision, Guardiola added: “Last season it was the same, we won here and the comments were about the referee, and today the referee as well. Yesterday he spoke about the referee.”
Guardiola’s side have now won a record 14 games in a row, and dominated possession at Old Trafford on Super Sunday.
The Spaniard, who was criticised last season for failing to change his playing style in tougher Premier League games, is delighted that his tactics are paying off.
“Amazing, we played outstanding. We play here, Old Trafford, to try to be patient in the right moment, it was so, so clever. We controlled the counter-attack, the long balls.