"I told him I was doing what my manager had asked me to do in the game".
Twice in the space of four days, Raheem Sterling has scored late on to snatch vital 2-1 wins over Huddersfield and Southampton, and restore City's eight-point lead over United at the top of the Premier League.
Renowned PR consultant Phil Hall, who has worked with some of the biggest clubs and names in the Premier League, says no-one is being advised to cover up to protect vital team plans.
That his outburst was directed at an opponent spiked the curiosity levels further and when his explanation arrived, the scale of his arrogance was magnified in graphic fashion.
Surely this experienced football A-lister did not believe Southampton should have taken on a rampant City in a straight battle of passing football that could only have ended in one way, so Guardiola's uncontrollable excitement in the aftermath of his side's dramatic win would have been a credible excuse for his behaviour.
"I have been in to see them after the game".
Mendy later posted a video of his mad dash on Twitter along with the caption: 'Ruptured ACL but who cares after a 95th minute winner #LookAtMeRunning'.
They were not at their fluent best and Southampton came closest to scoring before the break with Wesley Hoedt striking the woodwork for the visitors. But maybe that's the way forward'.
The defender said: "It's too early in the season to talk about titles but it is just good to know that you can have that feeling that at any time of the game you can make something happen".
The post-match Guardiola 'educational' seminar for David Moyes and his struggling band of players may stretch long into the evening.
"When Roy Hodgson went to the World Cup, a lip reader announced she was going to interpret everything he was saying on the bench and publish it on a blog - so you can see why they are getting more and more cautious".
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