Ex Man United captain says Pep Guadiola is the “Special One” not Jose Mourinho


Roy Keane has delivered another blow to Jose Mourinho following the weekend’s Manchester derby defeat.

The former Man United midfielder and club legend has taken his favourite title, “The Special One”, and handed it across the city to Pep Guardiola.

Speaking on ITV following Man City’s impressive 4-0 performance against Borussia Moenchengladbach, Keane hailed the new Spanish manager’s influence so soon at the Etihad.

Keane says he admires Guardiola’s bold decisions to decide strong characters in the club such as Joe Hart and Yaya Toure weren’t part of his plans and act on it.

ITV1Roy Keane speaking during ITV's coverage of the Champions League
Roy Keane was speaking during ITV’s Champions League highlights show

“He said he’s a challenging coach – doesn’t look like he messes about,” he added.

“I wouldn’t like to mess with him.

“Two coaches in Manchester. Mourinho reckons he’s the special one, to me this guy is.”

It’s not all good news for Guardiola, whose side has the only perfect Premier League record of four wins from four matches so far this season, with history not proving kind. But that could all change, says Keane.

“We’ve seen City have good stats before and they take their foot off the gas a little bit, but I don’t think it will happen under this guy.”

Keane’s comments come after one of Manchester United’s greatest icons, Sir Alex Ferguson, sought out the City boss after he’d inflicted derby defeat at Old Trafford and gave him a hug.

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