Pep Guardiola under threat of an FA charge after Man City 3 – Manchester United 1

It was a glorious Manchester derby for City on Sunday.

Pep Guardiola’s side revealed they are lightyears ahead of Manchester United with a thoroughly convincing 3-1 win at the Etihad Stadium.

At no point on Sunday did United look capable of beating their noisy neighbours.

Indeed, after 10 minutes of the match, Man United had only completed 6 passes in the game. Six!

David Silva opened the scoring for the Sky Blues are 12 minutes, while Sergio Aguero killed United’s hopes with a second at the start of the second half.

Anthony Martial scored from the spot after 58 minutes – that was Man United’s only shot on target in the game.

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Man City wrapped up the win with Ilkay Gundogan’s goal after an amazing 44-passing sequence.

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Pep Guardiola faces an FA ban

Yet, on Tuesday morning Man City manager Pep Guardiola is facing some troubling headlines.

Guardiola is now under threat of an FA chrge for his pre-match comments directed at referee Anthony Taylor.

Anthony Taylor’s appointment sparked conspiracy theories in the build-up to the Manchester derby.

Born near Manchester, fans have accused Anthony Taylor of harbouring a Man United bias.

So what did Guardiola do wrong? The Times report the following:

Guardiola did not question the appointment and his comments were neutral, saying that Taylor “is going to try to do the best job, like we try to as managers and football players”, “he knows everyone around the world is watching and he doesn’t want to make a mistake and “hopefully he can make good decisions for both sides and it will be a good game”.

FA rules, though, state that pre-match comments about appointed match officials “will be deemed improper and dealt with accordingly.”

The Man City boss has until 6pm on Thursday to issue an explanation to the FA.

What punishment could Guardiola face?

If Guardiola is charged by the FA, the Man City boss could be slapped with a banning order. That would be the most extreme punishment.

However, the more likely scenario would be that Guardiola would be hit with a fine.

That said, the Times note that “City officials say they are confident that Guardiola will not face punishment from the FA.”


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