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Manchester United fans took the opportunity to mock Kalvin Phillips during the Manchester derby, after Pep Guardiola called out the midfielder.
United fans had a lot to shout about following their win over local rivals Manchester City on Saturday, even if they were helped by some controversial officiating.
Obviously Bruno Fernandes’ equaliser was somewhat lucky to stand, with Marcus Rashford clearly in an offside position but thought not to have been interfering with play.
However, the fans really didn’t care whether the goal should have stood, especially when Rashford scored the winner a few minutes later, and the players went to them to celebrate.
And up in the stands they were also enjoying themselves as they sang “Get your t*ts out for the lads,” as City midfielder Phillips warmed up, as you can hear in the video below.
It really was a pretty cruel way to mock the former Leeds United midfielder after Guardiola had publicly called out the midfielder for his weight.
Phillips went to Qatar for the World Cup with England, despite the fact that he hadn’t played much for City all season due to form and mainly fitness.
The 27-year-old only played half an hour in the final group game, the 3-0 victory over Wales in which Rashford scored twice, and eight minutes in the last 16 win over Senegal.
When he came back to England, Phillips wasn’t even included in the squad for City’s first game back, a win over Liverpool in the Carabao Cup.
Guardiola blamed it on the player’s condition, saying, “He’s not injured. He arrived overweight. I don’t know [why]. He didn’t arrive in the condition to do training sessions and to play.”
It didn’t seem to affect the former Leeds United star, who only moved across the Pennines last summer, when he returned to Elland Road.
Giving him a warm welcome back following his £42 million move, the Leeds faithfull jokingly sang “You’re too fat to play for Leeds,” as he warmed up.
The midfielder applauded the fans who used to sing his name and cracked a smile, before they broke into a song praising him as the ‘Yorkshire Pirlo.’
He didn’t actually get on during the game, with City running out 3-1 winners over Jesse March’s side, before having cameos in the two recent wins over Chelsea.
He finally made his first start for Guardiola’s team in the Carabao Cup quarter final against Southampton, last Wednesday night.
Things didn’t go well for the midfielder or City, and he was replaced in the 63rd minute, with the team 2-0 down and struggling to get back into the game.
It didn’t get any better once he went off but again the manager didn’t use him for the derby, even as a substitute, and United fans chanting about him couldn’t have helped with how his day went.
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