Roy Keane slams players after dull Manchester derby

Roy Keane was critical of both sets of players following the Manchester derby.
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James Cox

Manchester United and Manchester City played out a dull 0-0 draw in tonight's derby and United legend Roy Keane was unimpressed with both sets of players.

The Cork native was on punditry duty with Sky Sports, and he questioned the desire of the players after the scoreless draw.

Keane described it as a “really poor” game, suggesting that the lack of bookings was an indicator of a match lacking in intensity.

He also felt the players were over-friendly with each other after the final whistle.

“Two bookings in a derby game. I've never seen so many hugs and chats after the game. It's a derby game!

“But the lack of quality and end product from both teams was really disappointing.

“You've got to gamble a little bit. You've got to try and win a game of football. You don't settle for draws, I'm listening to John Stones talking about a clean sheet and blah blah blah. You've got to go and win football matches.


“People say there's a long way to go in the season, but when the game is there for you. I never felt Man City were going to score many goals. Go and find a way to win the game of football.

“At the end of the game the staff and players are hugging, smiling, chatting with each other. Just get down the tunnel, I don't get it. Everyone wants to be pals with each other, and be popular.

“You're playing for these clubs, particularly Man Utd, to win football matches, not to be mates with everybody.”

Gary Neville also felt there was a lack of quality in the game.

“There was no intent there. Whether on the pitch or from the managers to win the match.

“That was really poor, and we shouldn't accept that. We can say both teams played in midweek, there's no fans, but we've put a lot of emphasis on the speed, thrill, risk to win in the Premier League."

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