Roy Keane was left dismayed after watching rival players from Manchester City and Manchester United exchange hugs and pleasantries following a drab derby at Old Trafford.
The spoils were shared after largely incident free encounter where both managers appeared happy to settle for a point apiece. Pep Guardiola’s side carried the greater attacking threat, but David de Gea was forced to make only one real save of note when he blocked Riyad Mahrez’s effort from close range in the first half.
At the other end, United threatened only sporadically and tried to hit their opponents on the counter. Ole Solskjaer’s tactics looked like they might yield dividends when Kyle Walker conceded a penalty for a trip on Marcus Rashford, but the City defender earned a reprieve when VAR adjudged his England team-mate offside in the build-up.
After their costly midweek defeat in Europe at RB Leipzig, Solskjaer would no doubt have been the happier manager, but Keane was baffled to see the likes of Harry Maguire conversing with John Stones at the end of the match.
He told Sky Sports: ‘We can make a lot of excuses but just on today’s game really poor. I’m looking at teams towards the end of the game with the quality they’ve got the desire to try and win the game of football?
‘We’ve got two bookings in a derby game, I’ve never seen so many hugs and chats after a game. It’s a derby game, I’m scratching my head, I’m really frustrated because you’ve got to go an win the game. You have to try and find a way to win a game of football.
‘The lack of quality and end product from both teams was really poor and I’m really disappointed. These clubs have had success over the last few years from trying to win matches. You’ve got to gamble a bit. I’m not saying getting seven or eight people in the box. You don’t settle for draws.
‘At the end of the game the staff were smiling and hugging, players chatting just get down the tunnel. I don’t get it. Everyone wants to be pals and be popular. You’re playing for Man United your job is to win football matches not to be mates with everybody.’