Pep Guardiola makes Old Trafford point after Man City defeat as Manuel Akanji slams ‘joke’ offside decision

Pep Guardiola felt Manchester United&aposs equaliser in the derby should have been ruled out for offside, but that it was a decision his side wouldn&apost get at Old Trafford.

Guardiola compared the call to a goal his team had ruled out at Anfield earlier in the season and suggested decisions were harder to come by at these two grounds than elsewhere.

United levelled 12 minutes from time when Bruno Fernandes ran onto Casemiro&aposs pass and lifted a finish over Ederson, but the pass had been intended for Rashford, who was in an offside position.

Rashford had come close to touching the ball and was about to shoot before Fernandes took it off him. The flag initially went up before Stuart Atwell awarded the goal, much to the anger of City&aposs players.

“The [assistant] referee said he intervenes, here he said not intervene in this stadium, what are we to do? Are we going to make a complaint? No. It sometimes happens on our side,” said Guardiola. “The decision is they didnt believe Rashford was intervening in this stadium. This is Old Trafford, we have to play much better, like Anfield, we have to do better.”

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Manuel Akanji fumes

Manuel Akanji has slammed the match officials for allowing Fernandes&apos goal to stand.

“To be honest for me the first goal is a joke that it can be allowed like this,” Akanji said. “I see Rashford, he&aposs clearly offside so I play him offside. He runs to the last second and stops when the ball is right in front of him and right in front of Eddy [Ederson] to score the goal. Then he stops because Bruno is calling him because he&aposs not offside.

“I understand he doesn&apost touch the ball but he runs for 30 metres, he&aposs chasing the ball. It&aposs clearly offside.”

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