Former Manchester United skipper Roy Keane called the club’s 6-3 derby defeat to Manchester City “extremely embarrassing”.
Hat-tricks from Erling Haaland and Phil Foden saw the reigning Premier League champions, who led 4-0 at the break, claim victory at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday afternoon and prompted a scathing assessment of the from the Irish.
Keane told Sky Sports: “Man City were magnificent. Watching Man City is a pleasure. Watching them live, they’re one of the best teams I’ve ever seen.
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“But Man United, [it’s] a huge setback for them. We’ve given them a bit of praise over the past few weeks, but this is a huge step backwards.
“Four-0 at half-time – they were 4-0 down at Brentford – and the performance in the second half, it’s not good, even as a consolation. They scored a few goals – the game is over.
“Man United have nothing to take away from this game. From the players’ point of view, they should be really embarrassed. You can’t go into half-time 4-0 in a derby game, it’s hugely embarrassing .
“Haaland and Foden were brilliant, but if they get the service of people like De Bruyne and you give them time and space, you are looking for trouble, and they have been rightly punished.
“This game is brutal. When you’re not quite there, you get hammered by your local rivals. They should be embarrassed.
“I just can’t imagine walking into a dressing room at a big club like Manchester United and you’re down 4-0 at half-time.
“It must be weird – but saying that, they have to get used to it because they did it at Brentford.
“The manager must be scratching their heads with his staff and thinking, ‘We’ve made progress in the last four games’. Huge setback.
Keane’s former team-mate Gary Neville also criticized the performance in his role as Sky’s co-commentator.
Neville said: “The story of the game is that in the first half Manchester United froze. There’s no doubt they bottled it up.
“There have been promises in recent weeks from United. But it reminds us how far behind the best team in the country they are. »