Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright has recalled a “right old ding-dong” with Manchester United defender Steve Bruce at Old Trafford.
Wright was talking to The Sun about the brawl at the end of Sunday’s 2-1 win by Manchester City that left them 11 points clear of their rivals.
‘Actually, there is something about playing at Old Trafford that makes you even more determined to put one over United and their fans – almost certainly the fact that they won so many trophies when Sir Alex Ferguson was in charge.
‘I had one or two bust-ups in the tunnel up there, including one right old ding-dong with Steve Bruce at half time. But that was usually down to a sense of grievance, or frustration at events on the pitch. This is something totally different.’
Paul Ince has previously recalled that 1991 bust-up, telling the BBC: “In those days, if anything was going on on the pitch, you could say ‘right, I’ll see you in the tunnel’. Wrighty and Brucey had a little set-to on the pitch, Wrighty being Wrighty said ‘right, I’ll see you in the tunnel’. As soon as they got in the tunnel, Wrighty punched Brucey and Brucey punched him back.
“It did kick off but that was part and parcel of the game. Nowadays you can’t get away with it.”
Wright apportions blame for Sunday’s incident to both City for over-celebrating and to Mourinho, who should have instructed his players to ‘listen carefully to the crowing from the City lads – and to make sure it never happened again’.