Roy Keane calls Pep Guardiola the Special One, not Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho

ROY KEANE has torn into Arsenal’s performance, Celtic’s celebrations and Jose Mourinho.

The Irishman started by branding Pep Guardiola the real ‘Special One’ after the Manchester City manager masterminded a 4-0 win against Borussia Monchengladbach, following their victory at Old Trafford in the Manchester derby.

Roy Keane reckons Jose Mourinho is not the Special One - Pep Guardiola is
Roy Keane reckons Jose Mourinho is not the Special One – Pep Guardiola is
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Pep Guardiola yells at John Stones during Manchester City's 4-0 win over Borussia Monchengladbach
Pep Guardiola yells at John Stones during Manchester City’s 4-0 win over Borussia Monchengladbach

Keane paid Guardiola the ultimate compliment. He said on ITV: “Jose Mourinho reckons he’s the Special One, but I think this guy is.”

The 45-year-old also tore into Arsenal’s showing against Paris Saint-Germain, picking up a point, but only after Edinson Cavani missed a bucket-full of chances.

Keane said: “Great point for them. Same old Arsenal though, but a shocking performance.

“You take the point, they will get out of the group, them and PSG.

“But the chances get, really they should have lost the game 4 or 5-1, but it’s not their fault when PSG keep missing chances.

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"And with Arsenal, with the quality they have on the pitch you certainly feel they'll nick a goal, so they should be delighted with that."

The Republic of Ireland assistant manager also admitted he was disappointed with Celtic's mindset, claiming they over-celebrated just qualifying for the Champions League.

Then a 7-0 hiding at the hands of Barcelona was inevitable for his former side.

Keane added: "I know it's difficult after a game, and if you have a difficult night in Barcelona you're in big trouble.

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"On the one hand we're told Celtic are a great club, great traditions, great history - and then they go and lose 7-0 to Barcelona and people say 'well these things happen, it's acceptable.'

"The game they had the previous weekend, they won 5-1 against one of the worst Rangers teams I've seen in a long time, who finished with ten men for the last 15 or 20 minutes.

"All I hear sometimes with Celtic is 'it's all about winning the league' and I think, no, they need to do a lot better in Europe.

Roy Keane is the assistant manager for Republic of Ireland
Roy Keane is the assistant manager for Republic of Ireland
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"Easier said than done, I know. And this time round they've got it difficult with the group they're in.

"But they were poor in the qualifying games. They scraped through. They didn't win any of their away games I think.

"I think the whole mindset has to changed, particularly away from home, you don't want to be the whipping boys of Europe.

"We're talking about Celtic, it's a huge club and they need to do a lot better.

"And even when they qualified, the celebrations for me were way over the top. I thought they'd actually won the competition.

"People were hugging each other, the manager, the coaching staff, the players and it was way over the top."

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