Keane aims light-hearted "no respect" dig at Man City star after Arsenal blast

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Keane aims light-hearted "no respect" dig at Man City star after Arsenal blast
Keane aims light-hearted "no respect" dig at Man City star after Arsenal blast

Roy Keane has joked that Manchester City star Cole Palmer has "no respect" for his manager Pep Guardiola.

Academy product Palmer scored a stunning goal to put his side in front in the Community Shield on Sunday, though Arsenal would equalise in the 10th minute of stoppage time before winning on penalties. City's goalscorer was put up for interview after the match as Arsenal celebrated.

And after being asked about his goal, Palmer called Guardiola by his first name, rather than by the traditional 'gaffer'. He told ITV Sport: "It was very close, obviously conceded in the last minute but that's football.

"We have to pick ourselves up and go again. When I received the ball, Walks said 'Get at him' and Pep told me to be myself so when I've come inside, I've just seen the far corner and it went in.

"I had a shot before that, maybe should have shot first time. We'll have to see what the plan is for next season, see where I'm playing and hopefully play as many games as possible. I feel fresh from England, the final was not long ago, just under a month ago.

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"Hopefully we can win the treble again, but it's going to be a difficult ask but the lads are sharp in training so hopefully we'll work hard again and do it all over again."

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Keane aims light-hearted "no respect" dig at Man City star after Arsenal blastRoy Keane took issue with Cole Palmer addressing Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola by his first name (The FA via Getty Images)

While Keane "loved" his interview, the former Manchester United star did suggest his unhappiness at Palmer calling Guardiola by his first name. He joked that the attacker had "no respect" for his manager.

“It’s going to be very difficult for any young player at Man City. When Pep gets that trust in him, you turn up in games like this and put the ball in the back of the net then you’re going to win that trust. It’s going to be very, very difficult. Clearly a talented boy," Keane told ITV.

"I loved his interview, cool as a breeze, calling Pep ‘Pep’. What happened to ‘boss’ or ‘gaffer’? No respect there. But yeah, quality player and City have produced some brilliant young players over the years, the key is getting that run of games, consistency.”

It is not the first time that Keane has taken issue with a player calling their manager by their first name. Back in 2020, he aimed a dig at Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for calling his manager "Mikel" in an interview after a win over Manchester United.

After that game, Aubameyang said: "It was a very tough night but I’m really happy because the team did very well. Everyone was giving their best that’s why we won. We knew since the beginning that we had to trust the process. Mikel is bringing something very nice and we have to follow."

That left Keane furious though, as he blasted Aubameyang by saying: “They didn’t show him respect when they called him Mikel. He’s the manager or the boss or the gaffer. That is respect, not Mikel, he is not your mate. It’s called respect.”

Jacob Leeks

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