‘I’ve never seen so many hugs after a derby!’ said Keane

Sat 12 December 2020 | 20:46

Roy Keane was not affected by the Manchester derby on Saturday as two rivals cancelled each other out.


Manchester United

’s captain claims that he did not see any passion in the Manchester derbies, with the United legend savaging those who indulged in hugs and “wanting to be mates” at the end of a drab goalless draw at

Old Trafford


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer


Pep Guardiola

both offensive attacking games and wanted to make sure they defeated each other with a defensive game.


noticed quickly afterwards, taking issue with the post-match pleasantries that saw international colleagues embrace each other.

He told:

“You can make a lot of excuses. Just on today’s game, it’s really poor at the end of the game, with the quality they have, the lack of desire to go and win a game of football.

“Two bookings in a derby game, I have never seen so many hugs and chats after a derby game.

“I’m scratching my head and I’m really frustrated because I think you have to try and find a way to win a game of football.

“City, as we expected, had loads of possession but were predictable – sideways, backwards, no intensity and a real lack of quality given the players they had on the pitch.

“United, credit to them, defensively they did well. But the lack of quality and end product from both teams was really poor.”

He added

: “I said at half-time, both of these clubs have had success over the last few years from going to win football matches.

“There is an element that you have to gamble a little bit. I’m not saying you have to put seven or eight people in the box but you have to try and win.

“We’ve been in teams that don’t settle for draws. It’s the derby and J

ohn Stones

is talking about clean sheets and blah, blah, blah, you’ve got to go and win football matches.

“There is a long way to go in the season but when the game is there for you, with the quality on the pitch, I never felt


were going to score goals.”







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