Pep Guardiola

Guardiola hits back at Solskjaer over tactical foul claims

Pep Guardiola has slammed Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer over his claims Manchester City tactically foul.

City face United in the Manchester derby on Wednesday night, and ahead of the clash Solskjaer has warned his players to be wary of Manchester City’s tactics.

Solskjaer indicated he believes City deliberately foul to prevent counter attacks, views that were echoed by Old Trafford predecessor Jose Mourinho, who claimed City can be cynical once they lose possession.

Guardiola has hit back at Solskjaer’s comments, saying he has never instructed his side to deliberately foul opponents.

“Did he say that?” said Guardiola told his pre-match press conference.

“With an average of 65 or 70 per cent with the ball, how do you do that?

“I don’t like it. I don’t like it, no. My team is not built to think and create for that, not at all. In 10 seasons as a manager, I never prepared for a game thinking about these kind of things.

”Never have I said to one player to make fouls to avoid something for the other ones.”

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