Sunday 23 October 2016

'He has to think of the kids' - Paul Merson channels his inner Tommy Gorman to have pop at Roy Keane

Published 26/11/2015 | 11:51

Paul Merson and (right) Roy Keane
Paul Merson and (right) Roy Keane

Paul Merson has hit out at Roy Keane following the Irishman's criticism of Wayne Rooney after Manchester United's dour 0-0 Champions league draw with PSV last night.

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Last week, Rooney was at a WWE fight and was involved in an 'incident' where he ended up 'slapping' wrestler Wade Barrett with the latter hitting the deck in dramatic fashion.

Keane was far from impressed.

“I always question what players to off the field and I saw Wayne slapping a wrestler last week. Why is he getting involved in all that nonsense? I’d have a look at that," said the Corkman following last night's Old Trafford draw.

But Merson has questioned Keane's comments, claiming they were a "cheap shot" while stating that Rooney should be bringing his kids to watch wrestling.

Speaking to Sky Sports Now, Merson said: "I thought it was a cheap shot, to be honest.

"Wayne was outstanding for England the other week but he had runners either side of him, playing off him, people making third-man runs. He had movement and he was very comfortable.

"But then he goes into a Man Utd team and it is the hardest thing in the world to keep clean sheets and score goals at the same time, I don't care where you are, that's the hardest thing to do. He doesn't have that there where they are working off scraps.

"And the WWE thing? He has a little boy who is likely a massive fan so why can't he do that? He still has to have a family life. he has to think of the kids, so for me that was just a cheap shot." 

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