Manchester City may be walking the Premier League when it comes to points, but when it comes to cheating, there is nobody more prolific than their local rivals Manchester United.

Chris Smalling embarrassed himself on Sunday when taking an outrageous dive as he tried to get Jonjo Shelvey booked.

Instead, the Manchester United Captain was shown the yellow card and even better, Newcastle scored the winner from the resulting  free-kick.

In his weekly stats column for Sky Sports, Martin Tyler was asked which Premier League club had picked up the most bookings for diving/cheating since August 2016.

When he investigated, Tyler found out that no club has picked up more yellow cards for ‘simulation’ than Jose Mourinho’s team.

As well as Smalling against Newcastle, both Antonio Valencia and Ander Herrera have also been booked for diving this season.

Whilst Paul Pogba was also pulled up for this offence last season in the Premier League when Manchester United played West Ham.

Manchester United lead the cheats table with Bournemouth and Crystal Palace, as they have also picked up four yellows for diving.

When it comes to individuals, Dele Alli and Leroy Sane lad the way. They are the only players to have picked up two bookings for diving since August 2016, according to Martin Tyler.

Newcastle have had one player cautioned for ‘simulation’ and that was Dwight Gayle in the 1-0 home defeat to Manchester City on 27 December 2017.

At the time, Alan Shearer went mad with the Newcastle striker as he felt Gayle had gone down looking for a penalty when he could and should have scored instead.

Martin Tyler league table of Premier League bookings for ‘simulation’ since start of 2017/18:


Bournemouth, Crystal Palace, Man Utd


Man City, Swansea, Tottenham, West Ham


Arsenal, Burnley, Chelsea, Leicester, Liverpool, Stoke, Sunderland


Brighton, Everton, Huddersfield, Middlesbrough, Newcastle, Southampton, Watford, West Brom



  • Peaky Magpie

    No surprise at all to see Dele Ali at the top….odious individual…..

    • thewildchimp

      Should’ve had a looot more than two bookings. For diving only. The lad is a blatant cheat and a leg-breaker and I don’t understand how he’s allowed to be a role-model for kids… He needs someone to put some sense into him.

      • Peaky Magpie

        Aye…Anthony Joshua….🥊🥊🥊

        • thewildchimp

          Lol, good choice. Something like at the end of this YT video: watch?v=ef9bwo4zP9Y.

      • Big Al 1967

        Role reversal; if Jonjo did what Alli gets up to would he ever get back on the pitch? Double standards as he and Kane are classed as untouchable as they are supposedly England’s finest

    • Mitros gotta start

      Would still have him as our number 10……shame the fat slug thought that 5 million was too much to pay

      • Geordiegiants

        Can’t complain the money he saved, he spent on our top quality striker.

      • Big Al 1967

        Would not have been here that long. Fatty would have sold him on for megabucks elsewhere and then ‘invested’ the profit somewhere other than the squad

    • Mitros gotta start

      Spuds getting paggered in turin….2-0 down after 10 minutes….how long before the snide fouls make an appearence from kane and alli?

      • Peaky Magpie

        It’ll be coming…or one of them may actually get sent off in Italy…not allowed here….the FA & Southern press don’t allow it…

        • Mitros gotta start

          They just got 1 back…..kane
          Good game so far

  • Soldier

    to ms the likes of Man U are just another team, a good one but i don`t obsess on them i`m to busy being driven round the bend by Newcastle.

  • Peaky Magpie

    Just seen the WBA highlights on my local news from the Chelsea game….if Pardew thinks Sturridge is only going to be out for 2 weeks he’s still living in the land of make believe…he went down in agony rolling…hamstring shot…

    • Paul Patterson

      Yeah, but he was never that good at truth telling . .

    • Nut

      And no wonder really, Pardew “To be fair Daniel has been working really hard since he came here”, well what this means is Pardew and his world’s best coach mate have had the lad strapped up with monitors in training to make sure he was pushing himself.

      This is something they always did here, the problem is though if you push like that on an injury it’s gonna give if anything is wrong.

      That is a big part of the reason we had perhaps the worst injury record of any team under their tenure.

      Nothe saying pushing players is a bad thing but not when there are question marks on their previous injuries, bring them back slowly.

      This is why hands down Rafa is a way better manager.

      • Peaky Magpie

        Yep,all so very true.

      • Peaky Magpie

        See the latest coming out of WBA is that the players are questioning Pardew’s “methods”…..not a fan of Pulis but come on what were they thinking…

  • Danimal

    Palace? Interesting, the same Palace who get a penalty almost every week despite being a struggling team?

  • Tino o

    If the refs weren’t so incompetent and biased there would be a lot more Spurs get away with murder as for zaha he spends all game looking for free kicks and pens! I can’t stand cheating and that includes our own players too. Merino did seem to learn his lesson but Gayle still dabbles

    • Rich Lawson

      And in a hard call on Sunday the Ref’ probably thought ”diver” as a result ?

      • Tino o

        It wasn’t a hard call definite pen but Gayle hasn’t in the past needed encouragement to go down and this probably went against him and the fact it is so acceptable to give decisions in favour of Man U and easy to give against us as the media don’t make as much of it

  • Wor Lass

    What a meaningless load of drivel. Get a job!

    • Rich Lawson

      He seems to have a great one already,love to know how much he is paid for this nonsense ?

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    Spurs and Man City are the worst it’s just they get away with it. Kane and Ali should have been sent off twice this season.

  • Leazes.

    It also helps having the referee as your twelfth man.