Former Manchester United captain, Roy Keane, has praised Pep Guardiola’s perfect start to life at Manchester City. Speaking on ITV’s highlights programme on Wednesday night, the former Sunderland boss, said in his opinion, Guardiola was the ‘Special One’ and not Jose Mourinho. He praised the coach’s methods of managing the team. He said Guardiola’s decision to send Joe Hart on loan and keep Yaya Toure out of the team shows he is not a coach to mess with. He also expressed admiration for the tactician’s squad rotation.
“Mourinho reckons he’s the special one, to me this guy (Guardiola) is.
“I think what was important when he first went in there, the decision to get rid of two or three really important characters from Man City – Hart, Toure – he made the decision, ‘you’re not for me’.
“He says he’s a challenging coach and he doesn’t look like he’s messing about.
“They’re playing with a lot of confidence, he’s rotating the squad, the players are playing with a lot of confidence after a decent start. I wouldn’t like to mess with him,” he said.
Former Arsenal defender, Lee Dixon, also on the show, praised Guardiola saying as opposed to the tradition of City slowing down as the season wore on, he was sure the Spaniard would not tolerate such.