Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola this afternoon provided a cheeky response, after being questioned on Sergio Aguero’s well-being following Ashley Young’s controversial tackle on the Argentine during Saturday evening’s Manchester derby.
The giants of Manchester went head to head at the Etihad two days ago, with the Citizens having headed into proceedings a massive 16 points clear of 2nd-placed United in the Premier League table.
As such, as was widely covered in the media ahead of kick-off, 3 points for the hosts would have seen Pep Guardiola’s men clinch the Premier League title in the most fairytale manner imaginable, courtesy of a victory over their fierce inner-city rivals.
Upon Martin Atkinson’s half-time whistle sounding at the Etihad on Saturday, it looked as though City were all but set to be crowned champions of England, after a dominant display over the course of the opening 45 minutes saw strikes from Vincent Kompany and Ilkay Gundogan send the Sky Blues into the interval two goals to the good.
However, Manchester United, on the back of a resurgent Paul Pogba performance, incredibly managed to find the net 3 times in the space of 15 minutes during the second-half, spoiling the party of their neighbours and clinching a morale-boosting 3 points.
While the Red Devils took all 3 points on the day, the result could very easily have been a completely different one, had one major decision gone in favour of hosts City.
The decision surrounded a second-half challenge made by Ashley Young on Sergio Aguero inside the Manchester United box, which left the latter in a heap and thousands of home fans at the Etihad crying out for a penalty.
Ashley Young vs Sergio Aguero 💉😡 pic.twitter.com/lQh8O4JyMe
— 101 Great Goals (@101greatgoals) April 7, 2018
In the end, Martin Atkinson opted against awarding a spot-kick, a call which has since split fans over the days that have followed.
Speaking in a press conference ahead of his side’s Champions League quarter-final second-leg clash with Liverpool tomorrow evening, Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola was questioned on the fitness of Aguero, and whether Young’s challenge had resulted in any lasting damage to his side’s prolific striker.
And Guardiola, ever the opportunist, took full advantage of the question sent his way, sarcastically suggesting that Aguero had dived in a bid to win a penalty:
Question 🗣 “Is Sergio ready to start, was he hurt at all in that tackle from Ashley Young.”
— Betfred (@Betfred) April 9, 2018