Manchester City star Ilkay Gundogan has essentially accused Bruno Fernandes of diving to win the free-kick from which Manchester United opened the scoring in yesterday’s derby clash.
United down City
The fixture of the Premier League weekend took place at Old Trafford 24 hours ago.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s in-form United welcomed Manchester neighbours City to the Theatre of Dreams, for a hotly-anticipated showdown.
The Red Devils headed into proceedings on the back of a 9-match unbeaten streak across all competitions, a run which had seen them advance in both the Europa League and FA Cup, and reestablish themselves as protagonists in the Premier League top-4 race.
And, when all was said and done, the hosts’ hot streak continued.
A below-strength City XI, missing the likes of Kyle Walker, Aymeric Laporte, David Silva and, most notably, Kevin De Bruyne, was eventually downed by 2 goals to nil.
Anthony Martial opened the scoring for United with half an hour on the clock, before substitute Scott McTominay made sure of the Red Devils’ 3 points from long-range deep into injury-time.
Highlights: Man United 2-0 Man City
‘He goes on the floor, shouting’
As outlined above, Anthony Martial’s strike on the half-hour set Manchester United en route to victory yesterday evening.
After Solskjaer’s men were awarded a free-kick for a challenge on Bruno Fernandes 30 yards from goal, the Portuguese midfielder dinked the subsequent set-piece over the City backline, into the path of the aforementioned Martial.
And the French international made no mistake with his first-time finish, driving a low volley under the body of Ederson.
Upon replays being broadcast, however, it quickly became evident that the challenge for which United were awarded the free-kick in question was, to put it kindly, soft.
Ilkay Gundogan appeared to win the ball in a tackle with Bruno Fernandes, before the latter went to ground clutching his ankle.
And one individual who certainly feels as though Fernandes made a meal of the contact involved is Gundogan himself.
Speaking in a post-match interview, the German midfielder was adamant that his challenge was not worthy of a foul, and that his United midfield counterpart had conned referee Mike Dean:
‘Also there was frustration about the free-kick before the goal – it was not at all a foul. I just touched the ball and he goes on the floor, shouting.’
‘I don’t even know if the referee saw it or just had a feeling that it was a foul. That was very disappointing for me, to be honest because I was straight involved in the action and conceding the goal straight afterwards hurt very much.’
Quotes via Goal