Pep Guardiola breaks silence on Man Utd brawl and reveals who's partly to blame
Pep Guardiola encouraged his players to celebrate after the victory (Picture: Getty)

Pep Guardiola has broken his silence on an altercation involving Manchester City and Manchester United players and staff following the derby.

Over 20 individuals are understood to have been involved in the brawl in the Old Trafford tunnel after Jose Mourinho told City’s squad to turn their music down while they were celebrating a crucial 2-1 win.

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City boss Guardiola has taken part responsibility for the incident after revealing that he encouraged his players to celebrate in the manner they did in the dressing room.

Asked about the brawl ahead of City’s clash with Swansea, he said: ‘We try to celebrate, because when we lose we try to accept the defeat, but when we win we celebrate.

‘We celebrate in the right moments, for example we celebrated in Napoli, you have to do that, but inside [the dressing room].

‘I am the guy who encouraged them to do that, but inside, and after what happened, it happened, hopefully it will not happen again.’

Pep Guardiola breaks silence on Man Utd brawl and reveals who's partly to blame
Manchester City’s celebrations upset Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford (Picture: Getty)

Guardiola does not believe his team’s celebrations were disrespectful in the aftermath of their victory.

He added: ‘No. Definitely not. Believe me. Definitely not. It was the same after the Southampton game, that was 96 mins or something like that, but we were happy. It was a derby, it was the closest rival

‘When United win they celebrate, when Arsenal win against United they celebrate, when Arsenal win the FA Cup last season they celebrate, but where? Inside the dressing room.

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‘[Our behaviour] was correct, believe me. We jumped, because we were happy.

‘People have to understand that we were happy.

‘I think all the teams around the world when they win a derby they are so happy. When we won with Bayern we were happy, with Barcelona we celebrated.’

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