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19th Aug 2023

Roy Keane’s half-time comments about ‘arrogant Spurs’ backfire badly

Lee Costello

Roy Keane

“There’s a lot of arrogance from Spurs.”

Roy Keane’s half-time comments about “arrogant Spurs” have backfired badly on the Irishman as Tottenham dominate Manchester United.

Spurs defeated United 2-0 ┬áfor the first time in their new stadium, and although it was the away side who looked stronger in the first half, Ange Postecoglou’s men completely took over in the second half.

It was one-way traffic after half time, as the home team played some scintillating football with Son, and James Maddison pulling the strings.

Before the onslaught began, Keane made the point that Tottenham’s attacking style of football would favour United who could take advantage of their new adventurous style.

“There’s a lot of arrogance from Spurs, the way they’re trying to play. Everyone wants to try and play like Man City.

“Gary mentioned in the commentary, if United get the time and pounce properly on these players who are getting on the half-turn high up the pitch, there is plenty of joy their for United, they just need to be a bit more clinical.

Sky Sports presenter David Jones asked Keane outright: “Is there something here for United?”

“Oh without a doubt,” responded the former United skipper.

“We know how poor they have been away from home last year against the top teams – Spurs are here for the taking. We need to see a clinical Man United who show personality and don’t give Spurs a sniff, as long as it’s nil nil they are obviously in with a chance.

“They have got to take that win today.”

The opposite pretty much happened, as Spurs stood their ground, stuck to their high pressing football and attacking style, and it paid off.

United on the other hand looked lost, particularly in midfield with Mason Mount struggling in this deep position that Erik ten Hag is trying him in, while their attacking stars like Marcus Rashford and Antony just couldn’t get into the game.

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