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The ‘real reason’ Man City lost to Man United – Martin Samuel

Why Man City lost to Man United

Although Man City are now fully focused on Tuesday’s Champions League match with Liverpool, Daily Mail columnist Martin Samuel is still mulling over Man United’s win in the derby.

In the space of a week, Man City seem to have lost their aura of invincibility.

It’s now two defeats on the bounce for Pep Guardiola’s men against Liverpool and Man United.

In both defeats City’s defence has been exposed as the Sky Blues conceded three goals.

Will City rebound against Liverpool tonight? The Reds go into the second leg with a 3-0 lead in the tie.

Yet, returning to the United game, Samuel has argued City made a huge mistake with their kids.

Blame the mascots…

It was widely noticed on Saturday that several Man City players had their kids with them on the pitch before the United game.

Of course, had City beaten United, the’d have won the Premier League title.

And, it’s also worth remembering that City were 2-up and cruising at the break.

TV anchor Richard Keys still has his ‘congratulations Man City’ tweet up on his Twitter timeline!

Yet, for Martin Samuel, the sights on the kids on the pitch was a huge error:

By far the strangest event of the afternoon occurred before kick-off, however, when Pep Guardiola allowed his team out with their kids as match-day mascots.

Some players were scrambling to keep lively tots under control, while Vincent Kompany, the captain, met his opposite number juggling a small child in his arms. Lovely – but was it entirely appropriate for such a big game against a rival? Did it not smack a little of complacency, of thinking the job done?

Family time on the pitch after the game, sure – but not before. Why did Guardiola allow it? 

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