Guardiola asked to explain Redmond outburst

Guardiola approaches Redmond

Guardiola later said he was telling Redmond “how good a player he is”

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has been asked to explain his animated post-match discussion with Southampton’s Nathan Redmond by the Football Association.

Guardiola walked onto the pitch after Wednesday’s 2-1 Premier League win and remonstrated with the Saints winger.

He claimed he was telling the 23-year-old “how good a player he is” and Redmond has since said the Spaniard was “only very complimentary and positive”.

Guardiola has until Monday to respond.

The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss approached Redmond moments after Raheem Sterling had scored a 96th-minute winner for the league leaders at Etihad Stadium.

He began to shout and wave his arms, while Redmond covered his mouth and appeared to reply.

“He was very passionate, intense and aggressive – but he was only very complimentary and positive to me,” Redmond later said on social media.

“He commented on my qualities as a young English player and how he wanted me to attack his team more during the game in a similar way to last season.

“I told him I was doing what my manager had asked me to do in the game. That’s it.”

City host West Ham at 16:00 GMT on Sunday, hours after Southampton travel to south-coast rivals Bournemouth.

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