Pep Guardiola dubbed 'salty' by fans as Man City boss gives blunt interview after Man Utd FA Cup final defeat

Pep Guardiola dubbed 'salty' by fans as Man City boss gives blunt interview after Man Utd FA Cup final defeat

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Jack Otway

By Jack Otway

Published: 25/05/2024

- 17:52

Updated: 25/05/2024

- 18:02

The Spaniard was clearly unhappy after the result at Wembley

Football fans on social media have dubbed Pep Guardiola 'salty' after Manchester City lost to Manchester United in the final of the FA Cup on Saturday.

City went into the game as favourites to win, especially after recently securing their fourth Premier League title in a row.

But United won 2-1 at Wembley courtesy of first half goals from Alejandro Garnacho and Kobbie Mainoo.

After the match, Guardiola gave a blunt interview with the BBC - with the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss clearly irked by the result.

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Pep Guardiola has been accused of being 'salty' after Man City lost the FA Cup final to Man Utd on Saturday


And fans on X have now accused the 53-year-old of being 'salty' after the tense exchange.

"There's nothing better than watching an interview with a salty Pep Guardiola," said one user.

A second said: "That interview...Pep Guardiola is such a bad loser!"

A third weighed in by saying: "Oh dear what a truly sore loser Pep Guardiola was. Not a good look gave awful interview, was sucking lemons."

A fourth said: "Utterly graceless interview from Pep Guardiola. Sore, whiny loser."

And a fifth mocked Guardiola by saying: "Salty Pep."

During the chat with the BBC, the City boss kept his answers short and sweet.

When asked on what he told his players after a rare loss, he responded by saying: "Congratulations to them on a fantastic season."

On what happened, he added: "We lost the game. Congratulations to United. It was a tight game.

"It can happen. Many things. At the end they scored two goals and we couldn’t score more."

Guardiola simply said 'no' when asked if thought United were the better team on the day.

And he also appeared to take aim at the Red Devils and their style of play, labelling them a 'transition team'.

"The second half we were there all the game. Manchester United are always a transition team," he said.

"First half we struggled a bit but second half we were better. In general it as a good performance for a final."

While it was a painful day for City, it was a joyous occasion for Ten Hag.


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Pep Guardiola was consoled by Man Utd boss Erik ten Hag after Man City lost the FA Cup final on Saturday


The Dutchman went into the game as the source of much speculation, with his long-term future up in the air.

Mauricio Pochettino, Kieran McKenna, Thomas Frank and Thomas Tuchel have all reportedly been approached about taking over from the 54-year-old.

But while Ten Hag is unsure what the future holds for himself, he was extremely proud after winning his second trophy in English football.

"I don’t know," he said when asked about his future.

"The only thing I’m doing is preparing my team, developing my team.

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Pep Guardiola saw his Man City side sunk by Man Utd in Saturday's FA Cup final at Wembley


"This is a project for me. When I came in I can say it was a mess. Now we are better. We are not where we want to be.

"Football is about winning trophies. I want to play the best football, dynamic, attacking football but in the end you have to win games and trophies.

"That’s the mentality we brought in. This was our one opportunity and we did it. I‘m very proud of the players and staff."

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