‘The last thing I’d want to do is wind up Mane before you play him next week’: Danny Murphy believes Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola might regret branding ‘the best player in the Premier League’ a diver ahead of clash
- Danny Murphy believes Pep Guardiola might regret calling Sadio Mane ‘a diver’
- League leaders Liverpool face title rivals Manchester City on Sunday afternoon
- Guardiola fired first shot ahead of clash by accusing Liverpool’s Mane of diving
- Murphy has conceded that it might not have been the best move by City boss
Danny Murphy believes Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola might regret branding Liverpool’s Sadio Mane ‘a diver’.
League leaders Liverpool face title rivals City in a highly-anticipated clash on Sunday afternoon and Guardiola fired the first shot ahead of the clash by accusing Mane of diving.
And now former Reds midfielder Murphy has conceded that it might not have been the best move by the City boss.
Pep Guardiola accused Sadio Mane of being a ‘diver’ ahead of Man City’s clash with Liverpool
Former midfielder Danny Murphy believes City manager Guardiola might regret saying that
‘I don’t think Pep went into [the press conference] with that in his head, I think he was just triggered by a question about the result at Villa Park and it’s just come out,’ Murphy told talkSPORT.
‘In hindsight he might look back on that and think, “I wish I hadn’t said that”.
‘If I was him, the last thing I’d want to do is wind up the best player in the Premier League at the moment and before you play him next week.
‘Mane is playing incredibly well and if it does spur him on a little bit more, then why take the risk?’
Mane was booked for simulation and scored the winner as Liverpool secured a 2-1 victory over Aston Villa last Saturday as they maintained their six-point lead at the top of the table.
Mane was booked for diving after going down theatrically from Frederic Guilbert’s challenge
Guardiola admitted Mane is a special talent and he scored late winner for Reds at Aston Villa