Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola responded angrily to Gary Neville's claim that the Citizens manager should have a put youth-team player on the bench against Burnley, instead of just taking six substitutes.
Guardiola, meanwhile, said that City should not bear any responsibility for Riyad Mahrez's fallout with Leicester after a move to the Etihad Stadium fell through in late January.
Guardiola outlined that David Silva's absence due to the premature birth of his son and injuries to Fabian Delph and Ben Foden restricted his chances to leave De Bruyne out.
"He is not one game. You never know what is going to happen, but immediately he adapted well", said the Catalan. It's a hard one to call.
The success of the two Manchester clubs has been hugely impressive this season, and City and United now occupy the top two spots in the Premier League, with Pep Guardiola's side looking set to claim the title come the end of the season.
His three assists in City's 5-1 trouncing of Leicester on Saturday brought his tally for the season in all competitions to a staggering 18 while he's also popped up eleven goals this term.
"I can not deny the distance to the next team (in the Premier League)".
"When I showed the contract document to Kevin he went: 'Wow!'" I am playing this way because the team is playing this way.
"It is not easy because they had five guys at the back, four in front - there are nearly no spaces". At the end, if you get an individual honour it is lovely.
Guardiola played down that suggestion, adding that in his decade-long coaching career he had always previously named a full bench. It is something you reflect on after you get something like that.
"We played two-and-a-half days ago".
As another journalist took the microphone to ask the next question, Guardiola continued his riposte. "If he is on it, he is probably the best, for me". One goal behind Tottenham's Harry Kane, Salah could yet head to his first World Cup with Egypt as the Premier League's top scorer.