Manchester City staff were furiously protesting to the officials just moments before Luke Shaw doubled Manchester United’s lead during their derby victory at the Etihad.
Bruno Fernandes put the visitors ahead from the spot after just two minutes following a foul on Anthony Martial by Gabriel Jesus, putting the winning run of the hosts under threat.
Despite working their way into a favourable position, City were left with a challenge too big to salvage after Shaw slotted home to end a fine counter attack.
Despite there being no issues with the goal, City staff were left rather annoyed with what they considered to be spoiling tactics from their rivals.
Seconds before United double their lead through the in-form defender, the City bench were left furious by Dean Henderson’s alleged time wasting before he distributed the ball to Shaw.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said of the defender after the match: "Absolutely incredible. He was a massive doubt until after the warm-up, he needed the warm-up to be cleared to play.
"Luke's performance was top. He's aggressive, hard to play one against one and when he goes forward on those runs he's unstoppable.
“He's improved so much, he's improving all the time and we're delighted for him."
Towards the end of the clash, Guardiola and Solskjaer were involved in a touchline row, with fourth official Mike Dean acting as a barrier between the rival bosses before tensions calmed.
Guardiola said after the match: ”Congratulations Manchester United first of all.
“Ten games left, now arrive the important part of the season. The last 10 games are important and we start next Wednesday. We will try to win as many games as possible to be champions.
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“Against West Ham we played much, much worse than today. Against West Ham we didn’t deserve to win and maybe today we didn’t deserve to lose.
“We were not good in front of goal, our strikers were not brilliant today but it happens.”
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