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Manchester United legend Mark Hughes clashes with Crewe Alexandra player after stoppage-time winner

Manchester United legend Mark Hughes clashes with Crewe Alexandra player after stoppage-time winner

Bradford City manager Mark Hughes clashed with an opposition player after they scored a crucial stoppage-time winner.

The Manchester United legend’s side, who are eyeing promotion to League One, lost 3-2 away at Crewe Alexandra on Wednesday night.

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Long ran up to Hughes to shake his hand, but the Man United legend refused

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Words were exchanged and the two squared up together

Chris Long scored a penalty in the 11th minute of stoppage time to seal the win at the expense of Bradford.

In a clip from the match, the forward can be seen walking towards Hughes on the touchline.

He then attempts to shake hands with the former Wales international but was denied, before patting him on the back.

Hughes then came face-to-face with Long and appeared to exchange words, with coaching staff having to come in and separate them.

However, after some pushing and shoving, Hughes was still shouting towards the player as they walked onto the pitch, before they eventually went different ways.

Bradford went 2-0 down against Crewe before netting twice in the opening nine minutes of the second half to level the score.

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It sparked a melee between both sets of players and coaches

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Long was led away by his teammate, but Hughes continued to say something to him

A point would have seen them rise to fifth in the League Two table, but Long’s late goal ensured they left with nothing.

Victory for Bradford would also have kept their automatic promotion hopes alive, with the play-offs now looking more likely.

They face champions Leyton Orient at home on the final day of the season this afternoon as they eye a return to the third tier.


Hughes is managing the seventh club of his career

Hughes has been Bradford manager since February 2022, with the club being the first he has managed outside of the Premier League.

He is set to guide them to a dramatic improvement upon their 14th place finish last season.

Bradford were relegated from League One in 2019, but could very well be on their way back despite the late goal on Wednesday night.

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