Pep Guardiola hits back at Roy Keane criticism after Man Utd legend claimed his on-field chats with players are ‘all for show’

Guardiola and Erling Haaland left the pitch together in conversation last week, leaving Keane unimpressed.

Pep Guardiola hits back at Roy Keane criticism after Man Utd legend claimed his on-field chats with players are ‘all for show’
Roy Keane
Keane was not impressed with Guardiola’s antics after last week’s derby (Picture: Getty)

Pep Guardiola has hit back at Roy Keane’s comments claiming his on-pitch chats with his Manchester City players are ‘all for show’.

City eased to a 3-0 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford last Sunday with Erling Haaland scoring twice before setting up Phil Foden.

Haaland was denied another hat-trick against his side’s arch rivals with Andre Onana brilliantly keeping his header out with a fine save.

After the final whistle, Guardiola found his striker on the pitch to discuss the incident with Keane not too impressed.

Reviewing the clip of Guardiola and Haaland leaving the pitch together, Keane said: ‘It’s all for show. You can have that chat in the dressing room. What’s the big deal?

‘It was a lovely header but you don’t need to be on the pitch talking about it for five minutes. Just get down the tunnel and enjoy your victory.’

Speaking on Friday, Guardiola dismissed Keane’s comments. He told reporters: ‘I don’t need at my age to do something for the people.

Erling Haaland
Haaland netted a brace at Old Trafford last Sunday (Picture: Getty)

‘I respect a lot Roy Keane. Sometimes I finish the game and go inside, sometimes I stay there. When I find a player we chat about the game. I know the camera is there.

‘At that moment I was outside, wanted to [celebrate] with the fans.

‘We chat about the second goal, the miss [when Andre Onana saved his header]. The header [could be] stronger to put the ball in the back of the net with more power. It happened with Erling in Burnley.

‘I don’t think after the game to go to the players to do some spectacle for the people. I could have done it inside, of course. I’ve done it many times in the locker room.’

City are two points off the top heading into the weekend with Tottenham and Arsenal both on 26 points ahead of them.

The champions host Bournemouth on Saturday afternoon.

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