Following Manchester United’s 2-0 home defeat on Saturday, Roy Keane described the difference in class between the two clubs as “unbelievable.” Manchester United have now dropped points in four of their past five Premier League games, leaving them outside of the top four heading into the international break.
In front of their home fans on Saturday lunchtime kick-off, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team was thoroughly outplayed, with City leading 2-0 at halftime after Eric Bailly’s own goal and Bernardo Silva’s close-range strike shortly before halftime.
Manchester United, who were missing suspended Paul Pogba and injured Raphael Varane, only managed one attempt on target and had only 32% possession.
After 11 games, the loss put the Red Devils nine points behind leaders Chelsea FC, increasing the pressure on manager Solskjaer.
Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane was underwhelmed by the home side’s performance on Saturday, claiming that the Red Devils were forced to pay against a far superior squad.
“It felt worse [than the 5-0 defeat by Liverpool FC],” Keane said on Sky Sports after the game. “The goal just before half-time meant it was game all over.
“Man City are a different type of team to Liverpool. They were quite happy just to keep the ball and they just toyed with Man United.
“It was so poor. The difference in class, quality and decision making, basically everything. “I know the old saying is men vs boys, but United are so off it, it’s unbelievable.”
"I know the old saying is men vs boys, but United are so off it, it's unbelievable." 😳
Roy Keane launched a scathing attack on Manchester United's performance in the Manchester derby on Saturday 👇
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) November 7, 2021
Solskjaer agreed that his squad has to be more aggressive after the result.
“It’s disappointing, of course,” said Solskjaer. “It’s hard to talk at the moment. We play against a good team, don’t forget that, but we were nowhere near what our standards and levels can be and that’s something we have to get back to.
“We’ve got to go back to being on the front foot, be more aggressive, maybe circumstances have made us a little bit more cautious and passive.”