Ilkay Gundogan accuses Bruno Fernandes of cheating in Man Utd’s derby triumph

Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has accused Manchester United's Bruno Fernandes of diving and play-acting in City's 2-0 defeat on Sunday.

Gundogan conceded the free-kick from which Fernandes assisted Anthony Martial to put the Red Devils ahead on 30 minutes.

Referee Mike Dean awarded the set piece after the German was deemed have fouled Fernandes, but replays showed that there was limited contact with the United midfielder.

And Gundogan has vented his frustration about the decision and by what he believes to be Fernandes' play-acting to deceive Dean.

"There was frustration about the free-kick before the goal – it was not at all a foul," he said. "I just touched the ball and he (Fernandes) goes on the floor, shouting.

"I don't even know if the referee saw it or just had a feeling that it was a foul. That was very disappointing for me, to be honest, because I was involved in the action and conceding the goal straight afterwards hurt very much."

Ederson was also at fault for the goal, allowing Martial's volley to sneak under him at his near post.

The Brazilian produced an uncharacteristically poor display, almost letting Martial close him down to score a second before gifting Scott McTominay an added time goal by throwing the ball straight to him while off his line.

Gundogan admitted that Ederson was furious with his performance, but that he has the support of the dressing room.

"It hurts a lot," he added. "Not really the result, but that we didn't play our best game. But it's a fact now and we can't change it, so we have to keep going.

"At the end, you are a human being. Even though we are at the top level, we all make mistakes. We play the game, and mistakes are part of the game.

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