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Former captain Roy Keane frustrated by the lack of energy during Manchester derby

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Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane was left baffled by the lack of quality during the Saturday's goalless Manchester derby, saying that the players from either side showed no desire to win the game.Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane was left baffled by the lack of quality during the Saturday's goalless Manchester derby, saying that the players from either side showed no desire to win the game.

Manchester United vs Manchester City, played behind closed doors at Old Trafford due to pandemic restrictions, saw the teams sharing a point apiece after the former was denied a penalty following a VAR check. The game, quite evidently, lacked energy and had a mere four shots on target combined.

At the full-time whistle, England teammates Harry Maguire and John Stones embraced the game by hugging, while City manager Pep Guardiola had a hearty conversation with United assistant Michael Carrick.

“The game was really poor. Looking at the teams, they have to show the desire to win the game,” the former United captain vented.

"We've got two bookings in a derby game, I've never seen so many hugs and chats after the game. It's a derby game!" 

"I'm scratching my head, I'm really frustrated. You've got to go and find a way to win a game of football.

"You don't settle for draws. People say 'It's a derby' and I listen to John Stones 'Oh, it's a clean sheet' and blah blah blah.

"At the end of the game, the staff, smiling, hugging, the players chatting with each other, just get down the tunnel! Cut that. I don't get it. Everyone wants to be pals with each other and be popular. You're playing with these clubs - particularly Man United - to win football matches, not to be mates with everybody.

"But the lack of quality and end product from both teams was really disappointing."

Feature image courtesy: AFP / Paul Ellis

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