Roy Keane has been left furious at Man Utd and Man City players hugging after the two sides’ bore draw on Saturday evening.
The Manchester Derby was bigged up all weekend, and yet no sides really looked to want to win the game, after all, both teams have had an inconsistent start to the league season.
Following Saturday’s action, it leaves the Red Devils 8th in the Premier League table, taking 20 points from 11 games, and sitting a place below them is City, taking 19 points from 11 games played.
Former United captain Keane kicked off the criticism of both sides for not trying to win the game and also couldn’t believe his eyes when he saw opposition players hugging each other and smiling as the final whistle blew.
Keane, speaking on Sky Sports said: “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 United, to win football matches! Not to be mates with everybody!”
“Really poor. With the quality they have at the end of the game, two bookings.
“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.”
Gary Neville wasn’t as unhappy about the hugging after the match but was reeling like his former teammate over the lack of desire from both sides, and really expected a much better, more creative Man City side.
He said: “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.
“There’s nothing in that game that tells me any of those things existed today.
“I’m really surprised at City, they look like a team that’s bored a little bit. And they have no option but to win the league, that’s it. It just wasn’t Man City, it wasn’t Pep Guardiola, in and out of possession.”
Man Utd: De Gea (7), Wan-Bissaka (5), Lindelof (8), Maguire (7), Shaw (6), Fred (7), McTominay (8), Pogba (7), Fernandes (6), Greenwood (5), Rashford (5).
Subs: Martial (6)
Man City: Ederson (6), Walker (6), Dias (6), Stones (8), Cancelo (7), Rodri (6), Fernandinho (6), Mahrez (6), De Bruyne (7), Sterling (6), Jesus (5).
Subs: Torres (6)
Man of the match: John Stones (Man City)
Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: “It was a tight game, two good teams. I know we beat them a few times last season, but they were different games, we counter attacked them. Today was the most we’ve been in the game possession-wise, control, we kept them away from our box more, but they had a few moments. Tactically we knew they were going to give us some problems, and I thought defensively we were excellent.
“I’m delighted with the defensive shape, then again with the ball we didn’t’ create as much as we wanted to. Overall with a draw, everyone should be happy with that. [The glass is] always half full with me. That’s just the way you have to look at it. In my time against City that’s the best performance we’ve had. Not the best result, but the best performance.”
Man City boss Pep Guardiola: “We didn’t lose, last season we lost. We created enough chances, and considering the opponent, it’s a good point. The important thing is we didn’t concede, we were so solid. The last five minutes, I think everyone was thinking: OK, we don’t want to lose.
“We didn’t concede counter attacks, that’s important. If we struggle to score goals, we have to be solid in the defensive department. We have to be a little bit sharper up front, but we will improve next time.”
It’s not the first time Roy Keane at let rip at the Man Utd team for hugging, here’s his rant about them doing so against Liverpool a while back…
“You’re going to war. Hugging and kissing. Don’t even look at the opposition!”
Roy Keane isn’t impressed! 😂
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) October 20, 2019
Fans reacted after seeing Roy Keane furious at Man Utd and Man City players hugging after the bore draw…
@Kevinhi02489327: Gotta agree with Roy back in the day we never spoke with the opposition till after we was in the players lounge
@steveclegg70: Totally agree, not one ounce of passion shown from either team and this is part of the reason United are where they are as a club, pathetic
@LMckenna107: Great player, shit pundit. Fuck off roy
@jbsands1: Nah that’s bollocks Roy lad. We used to kick shit out of each other on the park and at junior club level but we were mates. Then we walked home together. They are also international team mates. You can still kick your mates round the pitch and commit but they’re still your mate
Jason Lee: He’s got a point Roy Keane on players hugging after a local derby, I’d be annoyed if I saw my team’s players (Oxford do that with Swindon
@tomocitytomo: The most toothless boring and by far the worse “derby” I have ever watched I swear to god if we would of lost 3 -2 in proper match with passion , tackles and desire I would of taken that over this crap !! Embarrassed to associate myself with tonight’s game border line shameful!
@philj1811: Totally agree with him. No passion no fight. It was a Derby ffs
@SimnUnderfeated: Exactly Roy Keane exactly that’s what’s wrong with modern day football people don’t understand when I say I hope he came gets a season injury because that’s the rivalry between Arsenal and Tottenham I do not want them to do well I want their best players injured for the season.
@BreheneyShaun: Football has gone soft big time
@AlexJamesRouse: Keane wasn’t even friends with his teammates so being mates with an arch rival must seem alien to him. He’s not wrong though
@VandepeerTom: Get over it Roy, times moved on!!!
@garyblocky: You have to love Roy Keane, spot on as usual, it’s about winning not kissing and cuddling, but unfortunately that’s the world we live in
Gary Kent: Roy Keane spot on there when it comes to players hugging, especially after that dreadful game of football
Completely agree with Keano 🦾
— Essex Transport Training (Robbo) (@EssexTpt) December 12, 2020
Totally agree I said the same thing just after the game ended
— S Wimbledon Gossip (@riomegan) December 12, 2020
Love Roy Keane. Proper old school Footballer…. Sadly missing nowadays 😒
— Dave O (@TheGeorge70) December 13, 2020
Absolutely correct Roy
— James (@enochrugby) December 12, 2020
Liverpool fan hated him as a player but he is absolutely right here as he often is, hugging and smiling after every single one of them were utterly shite
— Archibald (@penguin7874) December 12, 2020
Rivalry on the pitch doesn’t exist now, they are all mates off pitch
— Rob Parslow (@tip4profit) December 12, 2020
Times have changed. Not for the better.
— Charles (@CharlesCOYS) December 12, 2020
Totally agree with Roy. Just played a Manchester Derby that stuff should be done after the game in either dressing room. A joke really from the era Keane was in. Too much of that these days need rivalry back in the game like we used to have. It’s why we love the game.
— Jamie Fletcher (@jamiefletcher88) December 12, 2020
He’s got a point
— Gav (@gav1nclarke) December 12, 2020
I agree. They may be friends but that game was played like mates on a park then laughing and joking, hugging afterwards takes the piss a bit when the fans care massively. Can hug and laugh back inside. Not a fan of today at all start to finish.
— SM (@shaunmitch1986) December 12, 2020