Monday 20 May 2019

Watch: 'That's cheating' - Roy Keane and Gary Neville go head-to-head in heated Manchester derby debate

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Roy Keane and Gary Neville took different opinions on Man United's performance after the Red Devils fell to yet another defeat in the Manchester derby last night.

Pep Guardiola's men took a huge step towards retaining their Premier League crown with a 2-0 victory at Old Trafford, with second half goals from Bernardo Silva and Leroy Sane breaking Man United's resistance.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side have now fallen to seven losses in their last nine games, the club's worst run since the 1960s. Roy Keane was on punditry duty on Sky Sports for the game and afterwards didn't hold back in assessing his former side.

"City were very good but it was an easy night for them," Keane said.

"I reckon they are sitting in the dressing room and they can't believe how comfortable it was. I don't know what happened at half time. United were doing well in the first half but the game is 90 minutes. They came out and City seemed sharper and brighter. Even for the first goal, people not closing him down. We talked about the basics in football, about getting to people. Yes, City have more quality but they couldn't believe how easy it was, in a derby game.

"You've got to put demands on players, and I thought it was an easy night."

In contrast, Gary Neville felt that the Man United players tried their hardest and played as well as they could - something that Keane took issue with in a feisty exchange.

"I think United played a decent game," Neville said.

"I think that's as good as United have got."

Keane then interjected and said that Man United had only one shot on target at home, as Neville continued his defence.

"That’s that team. What we saw there tonight between Manchester United and Manchester City was the gulf in class between the two teams," he added.

"I don’t think I looked at any player United had on that pitch and thought they could have given more. They could have not made some mistakes, but that’s the best they’ve got."

Keane then came in once again.

"You need to see Fred for the second goal? You are talking about players giving it their all. That's cheating. What he has done is cheating, letting a guy run off him.

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