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Pellegrini makes embarrassing United gaffe

ESPN staff
March 3, 2014
Manuel Pellegrini's Manchester United faux pas was not his first gaffe as Manchester City manager © PA Photos

Manuel Pellegrini committed an embarrassing faux pas when describing himself as Manchester United manager immediately after winning his first trophy in charge of Manchester City.

Pellegrini's side won the League Cup on Sunday by beating Sunderland 3-1 at Wembley to give City the first silverware of the season.

But in a pitchside interview, Pellegrini said he was: "Very happy, very happy. I love pressure so I have to manage a big team like Manchester United."

It is not the first gaffe Pellegrini has made during his time at City. City beat Bayern Munich 3-2 in the Allianz Arena in December but Pellegrini did not realise that a 4-2 triumph would enable them to top the group, thinking they required a fifth goal, and left top scorer Sergio Aguero on the bench as he brought on midfielder Jack Rodwell in Germany.

However, while Pellegrini mistakenly declared he was managing United, his only Manchester derby in charge finished in a resounding 4-1 win for City. Pellegrini will lead a team at Old Trafford when City visit United on March 25.

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