Keane calls for Man City star to ‘man up’ after draw with Liverpool

Date published: Monday 4th October 2021 4:31 - Lewis Oldham

Roy Keane wants Jack Grealish to man up

Roy Keane has called for Manchester City star Jack Grealish to “man up” after he was taken off during his side’s draw against Liverpool on Sunday.

After impressing for both Aston Villa and England, Grealish signed for Man City this summer. Pep Guardiola’s side paid a British record fee of around £100m to secure his services.

The 26-year-old has registered two goals and two assists from his ten outings for Man City across all competitions.


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Grealish has been taken off by Guardiola in Man City’s last two games. He was subbed off with around twenty minutes to go against PSG and Liverpool.

City drew 2-2 with Liverpool in a thrilling game on Sunday. As reported by The Sun, Keane said after the game that Grealish needs to “man up”:

“At PSG the lads were getting stuck into him and he gets taken off here today.

“He is 26 years of age and he has to man up. You are here to win big prizes.

“People like Jack are still learning and I agree with the lads that I think Pep fully believed they were going to get [Harry] Kane as well.”

Micah Richards then added that Man City did need to sign Grealish this summer:

“I’m going to say yes, just because I believe that’s the way Pep wants to play.

“He’ll try to get Harry Kane. But Jack Grealish is one of the best dribblers, he’s not bought a bit-part player.

“He’s bought him to play, some would argue we’ve got Foden or Sterling but Grealish is one of the best dribbles. Look at last season.

“The aim was to get Kane and Grealish but it wasn’t an either it was a both – let’s enhance our squad – because Man City haven’t got an out-an-out striker there’s questions on if we need him, I think we needed both.”

After the draw at Anfield, Keane also reserved special praise for Man City star Phil Foden:

“Phil Foden was outstanding and he’s going to a new level. He’s getting even more confident, he’s working with one of the best managers in the world.

“Everything about him today was quality, his first touch, his decision-making, the goal. That’s what you want.

“I think Milner will be glad to see the back of him, I think he went home in an ambulance tonight! It was pure quality from Foden.”

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