Manchester City should forget about winning the Premier League this season, according to Manchester United legend Roy Keane. City suffered a heavy 5-2 defeat at home to Leicester on Sunday, the first time Pep Guardiola had conceded five goals in a match in his managerial career. A Jamie Vardy hat-trick brushed aside the hosts in a fine second-half performance from Brendan Rodgers’ side.
City finished 18 points adrift of Liverpool last season as they failed to win the title for a third successive campaign.
Manager Guardiola has a contract at the Etihad until the end of the season and Keane believes the Spaniard will stay until at least then.
But Keane reckons City players may be “fed up” with Guardiola, who has now entered his fifth season at the club.
The former Republic of Ireland international also says City have never replaced Vincent Kompany since his departure in 2019 and believes a lack of leaders means they have no chance of closing the gap on Liverpool this term.
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“I still think Pep will get to the end of his contract,” Keane said on Sky Sports.
“I still think it’s amazing that we’re even questioning where City are at.
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“But I think the signs in the last week… I still think they’re getting over the loss of Kompany.
“We can’t appreciate what a loss he was to that football club.
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“Obviously we all saw him at weekends but I think what the guy probably used to do during the week, he was such a big leader for them, no doubt a big character.
“What I saw yesterday, a lack of leadership, lack of characters.
“Okay Leicester are a very good team and they’re good going forward and huge credit to them.
“They talk about Pep obviously being a high-intensity type of guy, it’s his fifth year at the club, and sometimes maybe players, and it sounds crazy to say it, but sometimes get fed up with the same voice, it’s just the nature of the modern footballer.
“What I saw yesterday, I couldn’t believe what I was watching.
“This new signing or somebody else this week could come in and do well.
“[But] in terms of City closing the gap on Liverpool – forget about it. I can’t see it.”
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