Manchester Derby: Blood and Milk Spilt in Tunnel Fracas After Mourinho Slams Excessive Celebrations

The Manchester derby took an ugly turn on Sunday (December 10) as up to 15 players were involved in a tunnel melee that saw Mikel Arteta's face bloodied and Jose Mourinho doused in water and milk, according to reports.

Manchester United had been angered by the way in which the Manchester City team celebrated its 2-1 win at Old Trafford that opened up an 11-point lead at the top of the table, the BBC say.

Mourinho is said to have made his feelings clear as the two sets of players made their way down the tunnel and ended up in a heated exchange with City goalkeeper Ederson. The Daily Mail say the two men were shouting at each other in Portuguese and even squared up to each other.

Guardiola's assistant Arteta was left bleeding from the head, the Mail say, while players were said to have tried to throw punches as police looked on. The Times also say punches were swinging as other objects were launched through the air.

Mourinho, the report says, was squirted with water and doused with milk as a carton was thrown in his direction. The United coach was angered by the way in which City was celebrating from its dressing room with loud music and singing.

But neither Mourinho nor Guardiola made reference to the issues in the tunnel during their post-match media duties. Instead, Mourinho claimed City had been "lucky" as he was certain United should have been awarded a penalty when Ander Herrera went over in the box under a Nicolas Otamendi challenge. Referee Michael Oliver booked Herrera for diving.

"I think they are lucky, I think they have all these decisions in their favour," Mourinho said, as quoted by the Daily Mail.

"We can speak about anything you want, we can bring any football theory, stats, ball possession, everything you want but like last season it is a huge penalty in a crucial moment."

But his counterpart Guardiola insists Mourinho has used these excuses before. "Last season it was the same—we won here and it was the referee. Today as well. Yesterday he spoke about the referee. We are an honest team. We had 75 percent ball possession, which means we wanted to play. We came here and did that," he said.

"We won because we were better in all departments."

Despite City's free-flowing football, both of its goals were scrappy. David Silva was quickest to react in the penalty area two minutes before half-time after United failed to clear a corner, but Marcus Rashford equalized in first-half stoppage time. City's winner came when Romelu Lukaku's sliced clearance rebounded off Chris Smalling and Otamendi pounced.

Mourinho slammed the quality of his team's defending. "You expect City to score great goals, not to score two disgraceful goals," he said. "They had apparent control of the game but the biggest save is the double save of their goalkeeper.'

City now travels to south Wales on Wednesday to face Swansea City before hosting Tottenham Hotspur at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday. Guardiola's team could lose both those fixtures and still have a five-point cushion at the top of the Premier League.

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Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford, Manchester, England, December 10. Mourinho was reportedly doused in water and milk in the tunnel after the Manchester derby. Michael Steele/Getty