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Pep Guardiola hits again at Roy Keane over ‘League Two’ Erling Haaland criticism

Pep Guardiola has hit again at Roy Keane and accused him of speaking nonsense in terms of Erling Haaland.

Keane labelled Haaland’s basic play “almost like a League Two player” within the wake of Manchester City‘s goalless draw with Arsenal final weekend. Haaland struggled to make an impression – and blew a golden likelihood to win the sport within the ultimate minutes – however scored a file 52 targets for City final season to encourage them to a historic Treble.

The Norwegian has plundered one other 29 targets this time spherical to assist maintain alive City’s hopes of profitable back-to-back Trebles. And Guardiola has been fast to remind pundits like Keane that Haaland stays the perfect striker on the planet.

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Guardiola, whose aspect host Aston Villa tomorrow (Wednesday, April 3), claims Haaland was to not blame for City failing to attain towards Arsenal. He mentioned: “I do not agree with him [Keane]. Absolutely not. It’s like [if] I said he’s a manager for the second or third league. I don’t think so.

“He’s the perfect striker on the planet, and he helped us to win what we gained final season. And the explanation why we do not create a lot possibilities shouldn’t be from Erling.

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Roy Keane was scathing in his assessment of Erling Haaland's abilities after the bore draw with Arsenal
Roy Keane was scathing in his evaluation of Erling Haaland’s skills after the bore draw with Arsenal

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“We need more presence in the final third with more people. We played an exceptional game against Arsenal. I reviewed it. We just missed more people in the final third, maybe for the quality and different skills we have. But Erling is exceptional.”

Speaking about Haaland after the ultimate whistle on Sunday, a blunt Keane advised Sky Sports viewers: “The level of his general play is so poor. And not just today. In terms of in front of goal he’s best in the world, but his general play for such a player is so poor.

“He has to enhance that. He’s nearly like a League Two participant. That’s how I take a look at him.”



Erling Haaland had an afternoon to forget with a dismal display against Arsenal
Erling Haaland had a day to neglect with a dismal show towards Arsenal

The Manchester United legend added: “His general play has to improve, and it will do over the next few years. He’s been this brilliant striker, he’s fantastic, but he has to improve his all round game, he has to.”

The irritating stalemate with Arsenal leaves the champions in third place within the Premier League desk, one level behind the Gunners who’re in second, and three factors off league leaders Liverpool. While Guardiola’s staff subsequent welcome Villa to the Etihad Stadium, Arsenal host Luton in North London and Sheffield United journey to Anfield to face Jurgen Klopp’s desk toppers.