Manchester United legend calls Man City star a ‘spoilt brat’

Erling Haaland
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Roy Keane has continued his feud with Erling Haaland, and has this time called the Manchester City striker a ‘spoilt brat’.

Roy Keane has been surprisingly critical of Haaland’s performances in recent weeks and said the forward’s general play in City’s goalless draw with Arsenal was ‘almost like a League Two player’.

Erling Haaland returnedto scoring in the 2-0 victory over Nottingham Forest last month, and the legendary ex-United skipper joked that the Norway international was back up to a ‘Championship level’.

After scoring four goals in Manchester City’s 5-1 defeat of Wolves this weekend, Haaland claimed he ‘doesn’t care’ about the former Manchester United captain or his opinions.

Asked what he had made of Keane’s recent criticism in a post-match interview with Viaplay, Haaland bluntly replied: “I don’t really care that much about that man, so that’s alright.”

After scoring four goals, and completing a ninth hat-trick in just 94 appearances for City, Haaland appeared visibly frustrated after being taken off by Pep Guardiola for Julian Alvarez in the 82nd minute at the Etihad.

Pep Guardiola had to calm Haaland down, but the star striker was clearly unimpressed as he made his way to the bench – where he proceeded to throw a piece of strapping to the floor in anger.

Roy Keane was in the Sky Sports studio for Liverpool’s game against Tottenham, and he couldn’t resist taking a dig at Erling Haaland.

Discussing Liverpool’s motivation levels in their final three games of the season, Keane said: “You’ve got to motivate yourself, have a bit of pride. You certainly don’t want to fall away and let the manager down as well. You’ve got your supporters.

“You find different ways to motivate yourself. There’s a responsibility playing for a big club, you have to go and perform and do the business, and that’s been a disappointment for Liverpool over the last few weeks. The way they fell off, the energy levels have been down.

“When you have the spat with your manager and obviously the star man, it doesn’t help that results aren’t going your way.

“We saw Haaland yesterday being brought off, not too happy, behaving like a spoilt brat, but because they win the game and he scores goals it’s almost forgotten about.

“I think because the results haven’t been going Liverpool’s way, that’s highlighted. But I fully expect Liverpool to turn up here today [against Tottenham], put in a good performance and let the manager leave in a few weeks on a high.”

Asked whether it was acceptable for a player to behave like ‘spoilt brat’ after scoring four goals in a match, Keane replied: “No, not really.

“No, it’s not.”