‘He’s like a League two player’ — Haaland’s performance against Arsenal slammed by ex-Man United captain

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‘He’s like a League two player’ — Haaland’s performance against Arsenal slammed by ex-Man United captain

Ayoola Kelechi 22:01 - 31.03.2024

The ex-Manchester United captain was highly critical of Erling Haaland, who failed to find the back of the net against Arsenal

Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane didn't hold back in his critique of Erling Haaland's display in Manchester City's recent 0-0 draw against Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium.

Keane offered a blunt evaluation of Erling Haaland's performance, highlighting the striker's struggles against Arsenal's resolute defense. Keane criticized Haaland's general play, describing it as "poor" and likening it to that of a "League Two player." Despite recognizing Haaland's prowess in front of goal, Keane emphasized the need for improvement in his overall game.

Keane slams Haaland performance

Keane stated on Sky Sports' post-match coverage, "The levels of his general play is so poor, and not just today, I think his general laying stuff off, headers, or whatever it might be in terms of front of goal is best in the world. But for his general play for such a player, it is so poor, not just today, I think he has to improve that he's almost like a League Two player."

Despite being the Premier League's top scorer, Haaland endured a frustrating afternoon against Arsenal, managing only 23 touches in the game and failing to register a shot on target or create any key passes. Arsenal's central defensive pairing effectively nullified Haaland's threat, keeping him subdued throughout the match.

While Haaland leads the Premier League scoring charts with 18 goals, his all-round play has come under scrutiny this season. Despite his goal-scoring prowess, Haaland has faced criticism for eye-catching misses and a perceived drop-off in performance since returning from injury earlier in the campaign.

Premier League Title Race

Manchester City's failure to find the net against Arsenal marked a rare occurrence, with Pep Guardiola's side failing to score at home in a league match for the first time since October 2021. Despite dominating possession, City struggled to break down Arsenal's defense, highlighting the importance of clinical finishing in front of goal.

The result sees Manchester City remaining in third place in the Premier League standings, trailing Arsenal by a point and league leaders Liverpool by two points. Liverpool's comeback victory over Brighton further tightens the title race, with City now facing increased pressure in their pursuit of the title.

Despite Erling Haaland's impressive goal-scoring record, his performance against Arsenal has sparked debate and raised questions about his overall contribution to Manchester City's attack. As the Premier League title race heats up, both City and Haaland will be looking to bounce back from their disappointing result and maintain their challenge for silverware.