Pep Guardiola Hits Back, Blasts Man United Legend Roy Keane

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola blasts Man United legend Roy Keane for criticising Erling Haaland’s performance during the Premier League clash with Arsenal last Sunday.

Pep Guardiola and Roy Keane

Haaland and his teammates found it difficult to break Arsenal’s defence line and were restricted to only a shot on target throughout the match. The match ended in a 0-0 draw.

While Manchester City players were frustrated during the match and disappointed with the result, many pundits described the match as ‘boring’, particularly with the poor attacking threat from both sides.

Reacting to the match, Manchester United legend Roy Keane slammed Erling Haaland and described the Norwegian as a ‘League Two’ player. Someone who does not fit to play at the top level of the English league.

Meanwhile, Pep Guardiola blasted the Man United legend while responding to questions regarding the comment. The City manager claimed that he was surprised that such a comment was made by a former player who was supposed to understand the plight of the players better.

“I am surprised it’s come from former players. From journalists, I can understand it, because they have never been on the pitch, but the former players, always I am surprised,” Guardiola said in his post-match conference ahead of Wednesday’s clash with Aston Villa at the Etihad Stadium.

“It’s like the referees when they retire, they always criticise the referees. How difficult is that business for the players? That always surprises me. The memory disappears quickly.”

Pep Guardiola said he perfectly understood the situation, claiming that sometimes a striker might find it difficult to have the expected impact on the pitch but everyone must remember that football is a team sport not an individual game like tennis or golf.

He added: “It’s football. It happens. Some actions he missed, sometimes it was down to a lack of supply, sometimes a decision of the manager.

“Sometimes the opponent is really good, sometimes for many reasons. In football, it’s not just one reason. There are many.

“Sometimes when you have, or don’t have success, it’s for many reasons. It’s a team sport, not individual like golf, tennis, or the other ones.”

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