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Roy Keane claims Manchester derby was “too big” a game for Erik ten Hag’s Man United

Roy Keane played as a midfielder for Manchester United during his heyday.
Roy Keane played as a midfielder for Manchester United during his heyday. (Photo by Nick Potts - Pool/Getty Images)

Club News: Roy Keane believes the derby was too big a game for Manchester United

Former Manchester United player Roy Keane has questioned his former side after Manchester City thrashed his former side 6-3 in the Manchester derby.

City were 4-0 up at half-time, courtesy of a brace from both Erling Haaland and Phil Foden. The Red Devils looked completely lost and were equally bad when while both attacking and defending.

And now the former club captain has questioned the players. Speaking on Sky Sports (h/t Evening Standard) at half-time, the former midfielder believes the derby game was too big for United.

“Absolutely brilliant from Man City, but Man United? It’s like the game is too big for them. I almost can’t believe what I’m watching. We gave them some plaudits before the match but, as good as City have been, (United’s) passing has been sloppy, there’s gaps everywhere.”

There was a bit of hope in the 56th minute when Antony found the back of the net with a beautifully curled strike from outside the box. But our neighbours seemed to have another plan.

Haaland completed his hat-trick in the 64th minute and then assisted Foden in the 72nd minute to put his name for the third time on the scoresheet.

Anthony Martial, who came on as a substitute in the 59th minute, was one of the best players for his side on the pitch. The French forward scored in the 84the minute and then scored his second from the spot in the 90th minute.

City never looked like in trouble throughout the game. The Reds, on the other hand, struggled to find their team-mates. The defence was too easy to beat and the players struggled to make decent passes throughout the game.

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This thrashing should serve as a lesson for the players to fight for the badge more. There was a lack of confidence among the players and fans will hope that improves. United will travel to face Omonia this Thursday for their Europa League group stage fixture.

Written by Devesh Kumar

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