Roy Keane admits Manchester City are ‘one of the best teams’ he’s ever seen, though Manchester United should be ’embarrassed’ following their 6-3 thrashing at the Etihad.
Phil Foden and Erling Haaland tore Manchester United apart in the first half. They both scored twice as City went into the break 4-0 up, leaving the Manchester United players dejected.
Antony got one back for the Red Devils in the 56th minute by scoring from range. However, Foden and Haaland both secured their hat-tricks later on to make it 6-1 and put the game to bed.
Manchester United substitute Anthony Martial bagged a late brace to give his team some respectability. However, it was far too late for them to mount a serious comeback, and the game ended 6-3.
Keane tore United apart in his post-match analysis for Sky Sports, pointing out the defence and midfield as two troublesome areas. He also heaped praise on United’s arch rivals.
“They [United] were slow out of the blocks,” Keane said (02/10 at 16:03). “The first goal is huge – going down after eight minutes. They never recovered.
“They were sloppy in possession, [Marcus] Rashford couldn’t get hold of it. Every time City went forward they looked like they were going to score.
“Watching City live is a pleasure. They are one of the best teams I’ve ever seen. But Man Utd, it’s a huge setback for them.
‘Massive step back’ for Man Utd – Roy Keane
“We’ve been giving United praise over the last few weeks but this is a massive step back. 4-0 down at half time, 4-0 down at Brentford.
“The players should be embarrassed. You can’t go into half time 4-0 down in a derby game.
“As brilliant as City were, United were desperate. Particularly in midfield, they were overran in midfield and defensively all over the shop.”
At half time, Keane said he couldn’t believe what he was watching and that the match looked ‘too big’ for United. While they scored three in the second half, there was still a gulf in class between United and City.
Lisandro Martinez and Raphael Varane had no answer to Haaland, who completed his hat-trick with relative ease. Foden caused United problems all day long and thoroughly deserved his three goals as well.
What is worrying for United, as Gary Neville pointed out in co-commentary, is that this was arguably their strongest team. In contrast, City didn’t have integral players Rodri, Ruben Dias and John Stones on the pitch.
Even though City were missing a big part of their core, they still had far too much quality for United and looked unstoppable.
At the interval, Richards lauded his former team for their third goal, which was finished by Haaland. Keane’s fellow pundit said: “This is poetry in motion. I don’t know why Man Utd decide to leave that space in the middle of the park.
“Just look at the ball from De Bruyne, the timing of it. It’s just a little dink – Varane’s got no chance.
“[Haaland] finishes it with his studs. An absolutely incredible talent Haaland is.”