Alfie Haaland Reignites Feud with Roy Keane as He Defends Son from “league Two” Comment

Alfie Haaland Reignites Feud with Roy Keane as He Defends Son from “league Two” Comment

Rene Otinga
updated at April 13, 2024 at 7:57 PM
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  • Erling Haaland’s father has hit back at Roy Keane
  • Keane recently said Haaland was like a ‘League Two player’
  • Alfie and Roy Keane were fierce rivals during their playing days

Erling Haaland’s father Alfie has hit back at his long-time nemesis Roy Keane over the former Manchester United man’s recent comments.

Roy Keane was thoroughly critical of Haaland in March after Man City’s 0-0 draw against Arsenal, suggesting the 23-year-old at times looked like a “League Two Player” on the pitch.

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Erling Haaland embraces his father Alfie Haaland at Etihad Stadium on May 21, 2023 in Manchester, England. Photo by Visionhaus.
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"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,” Keane said in March.
"But his general play for such a player is so poor. Not just today, he has to improve.”

Since the comments were made, Haaland has received strong backing from his manager Pep Guardiola, who hit back at former professionals who constantly criticised current players.

On Saturday, April 13, Alfie Haaland was the latest to respond to Roy Keane’s comments as he fiercely defended his son, who is the league’s top scorer.

"Then you have the background of Keane and other experts, who may have a slightly different agenda,” Alfie said, via Viaplay.
"They probably think it's a bit okay to come up with that (the criticism). But the team wins, and Erling is still top scorer, so it can't have been that bad."

Alfie and Keane’s past feud

It comes as no surprise that Alfie Haaland is not the biggest fan of Roy Keane.

Back in the duo’s playing days in the 1990s, Alfie hurt his knee ligaments after a collision with Roy Keane

Years later in the Manchester derby Keane raked his studs in Haaland’s leg, giving the midfielder a potential career-ending injury. Man City briefly considered taking legal action against Keane.

Meanwhile, Erling Haaland was back among the goals on Saturday in City’s 5-1 win over Luton Town.

The Norwegian now has 20 league goals and is likely to add more in City’s remaining six matches.

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Rene Otinga is a sports journalist with over eight years of working experience in digital media. Rene's experience includes working as a Copywriter at X News Kenya and TUKO.co.ke.