Martin Tyler caused a stir with comment about Man Utd’s performance v Man City

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Despite recording a shock victory over Juventus in midweek, few people gave Manchester United a hope of beating Pep Guardiola’s rampant Manchester City side at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Guardiola’s men, who had scored 33 Premier League goals and conceded just four prior to the Manchester derby, came into this fixture full of confidence after defeating Shakhtar Donetsk 6-0 on Wednesday - just three days after hammering Southampton 6-1.

David Silva duly broke the deadlock for City in the 12th minute but no further goals were scored before half-time.

Sergio Aguero’s powerful strike shortly after the break, however, effectively wrapped up the three points for the home side.

That was until Anthony Martial’s penalty, just before the hour-mark, put the Red Devils right back into the contest. Ilkay Gundogan, though, made it a comfortable final five minutes by scoring City’s third and final goal of the afternoon.

Martin Tyler was on commentary duty for Sky Sports, alongside former United captain Gary Neville, and the veteran commentator caused a stir with comments made in the second half.


Tyler, referring to United’s performance during the opening hour, said that at times it had been “like watching artists against painters and decorators”.

Calling City artists, and United painters and decorators in comparison? Now that’s a burn.

Football fans on social media were not prepared for that level of savagery from Tyler…

It’s often claimed that Tyler is a closet United fan by some football supporters, despite how crazy he went when Aguero scored his famous title-winning goal back in 2012.

The fact of the matter is Tyler supports non-league Woking.

“I don’t do social media and this is one of the reasons why," Tyler told the Mirror earlier this year. "They all think I support somebody. I support Woking and I am quite happy to say that.

“I first went to Woking when I was eight years old and it was the first football I had ever seen, I’m still in touch with the club although I coach at a level just below them so it’s difficult to see them too much now. They’ve always been my team.

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“This thing where you have to have a Premier League team is garbage. It’s the accident of birth. It’s the one thing that irks me when people say you must have a Premier League team, I absolutely, categorically don’t.

“How can I be a Man United fan when I’ve got excited about Aguero. All I do is react to the game.

“It’s a great bonus to not have a Premier League team. I’m probably the only commentator to not have a Premier League club.”

Anthony Martial
Manchester City
Manchester United

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