Roy Keane says Erling Haaland is ‘like a League Two player’ and says where he must improve in stinging criticism


Roy Keane lambasted Erling Haaland after his performance against Arsenal, saying he has general attributes of a League Two player.

Manchester City were blunted at the Etihad Stadium on Easter Sunday after coming up against Arsenal with William Saliba and Gabriel Magalhaes looking formidable in defence.

Haaland looked toothless in attack for City


Haaland looked toothless in attack for City

They shut Haaland down expertly and the Norway international struggled to make any kind of impact as he failed to manage a single shot on target.

And the 23-year-old, who has still scored 29 times this season, came in for criticism in the Sky Sports studio, particularly from Manchester United legend Roy Keane.

“The levels of his general play are so poor. And not just today but in general,” Keane said after the match.

“In terms of front of goal he’s best in the world, but his general play is so poor.

“He’s almost like a League Two player. That is the way I look at him. His general play has to improve.

“It will do, over the next few years. Being this brilliant striker is fantastic but he has to improve his all-round game.”

And if Haaland wanted any defence from Keane’s studio partner Micah Richards, he would be found wanting.

The ex-City defender was equally damning of the striker, saying: “The result is not the end of the world. I was disappointed with Man City in the final third.

Haaland could not get on the scoresheet for City


Haaland could not get on the scoresheet for City
Keane tore Haaland to shreds and suggested his general play was of a League Two standard


Keane tore Haaland to shreds and suggested his general play was of a League Two standardCredit: Sky Sports

“They did a lot of great work until they got into the final third.

“Haaland made plenty of different runs but the link-up play was non-existent.

Micah Richards takes dig at former Arsenal forward Theo Walcott during his analysis of Mo Salah on Sky Sports

“Haaland needed to do more. Saliba and Gabriel had him in their pockets.”

With nine Premier League games to go, only three points separate the top three with City third and Liverpool top.

The Reds leapfrogged Arsenal on Sunday after beating Brighton earlier in the afternoon.

City are desperate to win a fourth Premier League title in a row – which would be a feat that not even Sir Alex Ferguson achieved with United.

Arsenal have not won the league since Arsene Wenger’s Invincibles in 2003/04 – exactly 20 years ago.

While Liverpool are looking to see off Jurgen Klopp’s career at Anfield with a bang and win the title, having already lifted the Carabao Cup earlier this season.



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