'Like a League Two Player': Roy Keane Slams Erling Haaland After Poor Display Against Arsenal

'Like a League Two Player': Roy Keane Slams Erling Haaland After Poor Display Against Arsenal

Isaac Darko
updated at April 2, 2024 at 6:27 AM
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  • Manchester United icon, Roy Keane, has hit out at Erling Haaland
  • Haaland's Man City were held to a 0-0 draw by Arsenal on Sunday
  • Pep Guardiola's team had one shot on target against the Gunners

Roy Keane has brutally criticised Erling Haaland, comparing him to a League Two player after Manchester City's draw against Arsenal.

The Norwegian forward faced heavy criticism for his overall performance in the footballer-turned-pundit's scathing post-match remarks.

Haaland found it difficult to influence Sunday's goalless clash at the Etihad Stadium, which many dubbed a Premier League title decider.

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Roy Keane labelled Manchester City's Erling Haaland as performing like a League Two player in a brutal post-match rant. Photos by Andrew Kearns/Simon Stacpoole.
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The former Borussia Dortmund striker managed only seven completed passes and didn't muster a single shot on target against the Gunners.

Keane slams Haaland's display vs Arsenal

Keane slammed Haaland's display and overall gameplay at the final whistle. Speaking on Sky Sports, the Manchester United legend elaborated:

"The levels of his general play is so poor and not just today. I think laying stuff off, headers, whatever it might be. In terms of in front of goal, he’s the best in the world."

The Man United legend believes the Norwegian has to improve as his general play was poor.

"He’s almost like a League Two player, that’s how I look at him. His general play, it has to improve and it will do over the next few years."

Keane's history with Haaland's father

Some have questioned the remark, since Keane was famously embroiled in a fiery dispute with Haaland's father, Alf Inge, during his playing days.

Their feud reached its peak with the Irishman's notorious tackle on the former Man City player during a Manchester derby in 2001, per GOAL.

Haaland had previously accused Keane of simulation in a match four years prior, resulting in the Irishman sustaining a ruptured cruciate ligament.

Why Man City won't win the EPL title

In other news, Sports Brief also analysed why Man City won't win the EPL title again this season after their goalless draw against Arsenal.

The Citizens have won the league crown three seasons in a row under Guardiola and are looking to make history with a fourth straight trophy.

However, Man City are unlikely to defend the Premier League title this term, with the side facing stiff competition from Liverpool and Arsenal.

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Isaac Darko is a La Liga, Ligue 1 and Bundesliga editor at Sports Brief with a Degree in Journalism and Communications from Ghana Institute of Journalism (2010)