Thursday 14 December 2017

Roy Keane's stern-faced reaction to Man City's big Barcelona win shows that he is still Man United to the core

Roy Keane hit out at United's finishing after their Europa League win against Anderlecht. Photo: ITV
Roy Keane hit out at United's finishing after their Europa League win against Anderlecht. Photo: ITV
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Roy Keane has admitted he endured a miserable evening watching Manchester City's thrilling 3-1 Champions League win against Barcelona, as he suggested the victory could propel Pep Guardiola's side towards success in England and Europe this season.

Manchester United legend Keane was clearly uncomfortable seeing his old side's local rivals make a statement to the rest of European football with an emphatic win against the Spanish champions, as he was impressed by the performance of a City side that blew Barca away with their second half showing.

"I made a bad decision," a stern faced Keane told ITV Sport on their Champions League highlights show last night, as he reflected on his decision to attend the game at the Etihad Stadium.

Keane went on to suggest City now have a chance to kick on in their development under new boss Guardiola, as he suggested their slaying of Barcelona can be a springboard for success.

"You can't get your head around what that win against Barcelona means to the club and while I can't say I enjoyed it that much, the belief and confidence they should get from that should drag the club forward," Keane said.

"They dominated Barcelona in the second half, they created chances and the belief and momentum they will take from that into their next game can only help. Certainly, in the second half, it felt like a big night for them.

"In the first 40 minutes, you could question whether they belonged in the Champions League.

"It was just too easy for Barcelona, they got sloppy and they let City back into the game. In fairness to City, you have to take advantage of it, which they did.

"Once they got that equaliser, the momentum changed and the atmosphere in the stadium lifted. They found some belief and the way they won the game in the second half has to give them confidence.

"The English teams that have done well against Barcelona have been very lucky of their goal keeper has been man of the match. This time City dominated the second half and they can build on this.

"City have made good progress in Europe. They have lost against some of the bigger teams, but it takes years of experience as their manager mentioned."

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