After Manchester City won a fiercely contested Manchester Derby at Old Trafford to go 11 points clear in the title race, there was apparently still more left in one of the fiercest rivalries in European soccer.
According to ESPNFC, there was a confrontation between City and United support staffs well after the game ended after United’s displeasure with the way City players and coaches celebrated the win, which they termed “disrespectful”. City’s celebrations, according to ESPNFC, were “very vocal” and came in addition to loud music from the dressing room which United players could hear in their locker room. Outside City’s quarters, there was then a clash between players and staffs from both clubs in the corridor that connects the two locker rooms.
Jose Mourinho was reportedly involved in all of this mess, as it may have started with him getting into a verbal confrontation with City goalkeeper Ederson. As the goalie was in his dressing room door, Mourinho began shouting insults at him in Portuguese about his time-wasting and play-acting, which ended with Mourinho reportedly shouting at him in English, “you f***** show respect. Who are you?”
Mikel Arteta, now a City assistant coach, was also involved, and according to Guardian journalist Daniel Taylor,”was left with blood pouring down his face”, and his eyebrow ended up split. He also said bottles and punches were thrown, and Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku was also “prominently involved”.
This bust-up in the tunnel at Old Trafford today. It wasn't handbags: Mikel Arteta was left with blood pouring down face. Bottles as well as punches thrown. Romelu Lukaku prominently involved, according to witnesses.
— Daniel Taylor (@DTguardian) December 10, 2017
Manchester City did not respond to requests for comment to the incident. Police were reportedly called in to break up the fracas. This all occurred before Mourinho went to do his post-match interviews with the press, and showed no signs of what reportedly happened in the corridors of Old Trafford.