Roy Keane’s explosive rant in full after Manchester United lose to Man City



Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane gave a heart-felt and explosive rant on Sky Sports this evening after Manchester United lost 4-1 to Man City.

Kevin De Bruyne’s double either side of a Jadon Sancho equalizer gave City a narrow lead at half-time. However, in the second half the Blues breezed past their opponents as Riyad Mahrez grabbed a brace of his own to seal the three points for Pep Guardiola’s men.

Post-match Keane could not hide his anger in the manner of the defeat. Below is every word of his rant from him following United’s hammering at the hands of their bitter rivals.

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First thoughts after the full-time whistle

“We saw all of United’s shortcomings today. The way United lost the game today they stopped running,” he said.

“No running back, it’s really unacceptable when you play for Man United and I think they threw in the towel. They’re up against a top side but you have to tackle, you’ve got to run back, it was just a reflection of where the club is, they’re so far behind the other teams.

“We hear about problems with the new manager coming in but your own pride has to kick in at some stage. I was getting really frustrated, I can forgive mistakes but you have to put your body on the line.

“Wan-Bissaka, Fred, Maguire, Rashford came on, I could go on, gave up four goals and City didn’t have to be at their best at all. Shame on them.

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“Once the third goal went in, the game was over. They threw the towel in, the white flag came up.

“We heard about the Ronaldo stuff before the game, that worries me, the idea that the manager is hiding getting thrown under the bus again, doing interviews before the game and his hip flexor, there’s something going on in the background, there’s no place It’s a derby game, you’ve got to be switched on but De Bruyne’s got a tap in from seven yards inside five minutes.

“United do show moments but not enough of it. Sancho’s goal was a great finish but after that United didn’t do enough.”

United players feel the wrath of Keane

“It’s no good having moments in games, the match is 90 minutes long you’ve got to do it all game long. I don’t think the manager could’ve done too much differently but by the time the substitutes came on, the fight was over,” he added.

“I don’t know who’s running that dressing room. Look at Maguire, he had a poor game, is he having battles with Ronaldo, captaincy and all these things?

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“Egos come into it, you leave egos at the front door, these guys are all about how am I looking? Are my boots nice? Is my hair looking good? Play the game.

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“You’re at Man United, we’re looking at the fans behind the goal and they know, they’re not daft, this team we’re supporting have given up. We’ll hear a load of rubbish over the coming days , we’ve heard it before, there’ll be statements, ‘sorry about that, we’ll try it again next week’, it’s what you do on the pitch that interests me, not all the other garbage.”

Analysis of Man City’s goals

Keane on the second goal: “Look at Fred, you’ve got a midfielder stood there like he’s waiting for a bus, your instinct has to go back towards your own goal and defend. Lindelof and Maguire sure, but Fred, he’s just stood there.”

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Keane on the third goal: “United are too casual. When the ball is in the air, travelling, sprint out like your life depends on it.

“It’s like kids football there, rubbish, rubbish. You don’t see many goals like that because players usually sprint out and stop that sort of chance from happening.”

Keane on the fourth goal: “Look at McTominay, he seems an honest enough kid but at this level. Tackle him, get up against him and take him (Mahrez) out.

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“That comes from within, not the staff or managers. It should be in your DNA as a player.”

Thoughts on Ralf Rangnick

“I think he always comes across honest, maybe tried to be too clever today but I think his hands are tied. He obviously knows his time is up in the summer and some of the players might be looking at him going ‘you’re only here until the summer,'” Keane concluded.

“I don’t think they’ve improved, Rangnick is trying to work with big egos and he wants to play a certain way but the players don’t like it. You get a system that is trying to help United fourth finish.”

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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