Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta has slammed Danny Welbeck for his dangerous tackle in last night's derby, claiming that the Manchester United striker could've broken his leg.

In the aftermath of Tuesday's 3-0 victory at Old Trafford, the Argentine star says that the Red Devils should've finished the game with nine men, with Welbeck's leg-breaking challenge followed up by an elbow from Marouane Fellaini.

Zabaleta believes both incidents were red card offences, and says that David Moyes's side were lucky not to be punished by referee Michael Oliver.

"Two bad challenges," he was quoted by ESPN. "I saw them on TV in the dressing room. The first one was a very dangerous tackle by Welbeck, I was very lucky to be honest because I could have broken my leg.

"The second one was an elbow by Fellaini. It was also a red card but at the end of the day we should respect the referee's decision."

Two goals from Edin Dzeko and a last-minute strike from Yaya Toure secured all three points for Manuel Pellegrini's side, who are now just three behind leaders Chelsea with two games in hand.

Meanwhile, Manchester United's season is going from bad to worse, with another humiliating home defeat leaving the Red Devils languishing in seventh place in the Premier League table, 12 points off the Champions League places, and struggling to even qualify for the Europa League.

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