Roy Keane, a former captain of Manchester United, has praised Pep Guardiola’s City team while harshly criticising Manchester United’s performance following their 6-3 defeat at Etihad Stadium.
The City goals were the result of hat-tricks from Phil Foden and Erling Haaland, who completely destroyed the Red Devils.
Man United broke through the opposition’s defence three times, but the scoreline actually understated their performance because Antony scored their first goal after they had already given up four.
Anthony Martial’s late brace, however, came after the home team had already made two more additions.
And Keane said Pep Guardiola’s team is one of the best he’s ever seen, adding that Erik ten Hag’s team should be “embarrassed” by their performance.
He told Sky Sports: “The way Man United started, they were slow out of the blocks… the first goal was huge and they never recovered, there was space everywhere.
“They were sloppy in possession, Marcus Rashford didn’t get hold of it. Every time City went forward they looked like they were going to score.
“Man City were magnificent. Watching them live, they are one of the best teams I’ve ever seen.
“But Man United, a huge setback for them. We gave them a little praise over the last few weeks but this is a huge step back for them.
“They were 4-0 down at half time, they were 4-0 down at half time at Brentford, it’s no good. Not even the consolation of some late goals at the end, the game’s over.
“Nothing for Man United to take out of this game. I think from the players’ point of view, they should be embarrassed. You can’t go in at half time 4-0 down in a derby game, hugely embarrassing.
“As brilliant as City were, United were desperate, particularly in midfield. Overran in midfield, defensively all over the shop, again you look at leadership, there was nothing there for Man United.”
Keane continued: “This game is brutal. Top level sport is fantastic but it’s brutal for Man United today when you’re not quite at it, you get hammered by your local rivals.
“Brilliant for Man City, Haaland and Foden getting hat-tricks, fantastic. But for Man United…”