Roy Keane: Erling Haaland ‘almost like a League Two player’

Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane compared Erling Haaland to a “League Two player” following Manchester City’s draw with Arsenal.

Roy Keane: Erling Haaland ‘almost like 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.

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.