AN investigation has been launched over alleged racist abuse during the Manchester derby yesterday.

Police said they are aware of a video that has been shared widely on social media.

The footage appears to show a Man City fan abusing United midfielder Fred as he went to take a corner kick during the second half.

Fred was also struck by a lighter that was thrown from the crowd during the incident.

Police have confirmed they are investigating reports of alleged racist abuse during the match.

Officers are currently working with Manchester City Football Club in order to identify the individuals responsible.

Speaking to ESPN Brazil, Fred said: “Unfortunately, we are still in a backward society. [Unfortunately] we still have to live with that in 2019."

Jesse Lingard has also condemned the behaviour as "shameful".

He posted on twitter: "Not even this idiot can ruin tonight’s feeling, shameful behaviour, it may be the derby but there is never ever a reason to be racist."

Manchester City has pledged a lifetime ban to "anyone found guilty of racial abuse".

The club issued this statement after United won the derby 2-1: "Manchester City FC are aware of a video circulating on social media which appears to show a supporter making racial gestures during the second half of the match against Manchester United this evening.

"Officials from the club are working with Greater Manchester Police in order to help them identify any individuals concerned and assist with their enquiries.

"The club are also working with GMP regarding an instance of objects being thrown onto the field of play.

"The club operates a zero tolerance policy regarding discrimination of any kind, and anyone found guilty of racial abuse will be banned from the club for life."

No arrests have been made and enquiries into the incident are ongoing.

Anyone with information should call police on 101, quoting incident number 2687 of December 7, 2019, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.