Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Arsenal legend makes controversial claim about Guardiola’s Man City

Martin Keown has said that Manchester United’s 1999 treble-winning side will still defeat the current Man City team.

Manchester City has been unstoppable this season. They have lost just once in the league, against Liverpool, and are running away with the League title having already wrapped up the Carabao Cup.

But Martin Keown believes Sir Alex’s United team of 1999 were better.

Keown not getting carried away with excellent City

“Manchester City are on their way to being a dominant force but Manchester United’s 1999 treble-winners would beat them,” Keown told the Daily Mail. 

He also said that his Arsenal sides would give a tough fight to the runaway leaders.

“Where United were so strong was with four strikers all competing to be top dog. Andy Cole and Dwight Yorke would run the legs off you, then Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would come off the bench with a point to prove. And their finest hour in the Champions League final was delivered by those two substitutes, “ he expressed his opinion on that famous side. The ex-Arsenal player also heaped praise on United’s big Dane Peter Schmeichel.

“Peter Schmeichel was one of the Premier League’s finest keepers. He was such a daunting figure for strikers. The years he spent at the top should be a blueprint for Ederson at Manchester City.”

Man City Carabao Cup




Manchester City won their first trophy under Pep Guardiola last month

He, however, didn’t exclude the possibility of Manchester City’s dominance in the future. He said that if they start winning trophies there would be no stopping them.

City are on course for a treble (not The treble mind you, which includes the FA Cup) and are one of the favourites to win the Champions League this year.

While Man City may look unstoppable they still have been beaten thrice this season. Once against Wigan in the FA Cup, once in the Champions League against Shakhtar and against Liverpool in the league.

In the meanwhile, the 1999 United side lost 3 games the whole season and even though they didn’t have individual works class players, their determination and efforts lead them to defeat Bayern, Inter and Barcelona before lifting the CL.

The City side, however, has lots of talent and together they are capable of overcoming any challenge as it seems.

Author’s Take

Having already thrashed Basel 4 nil away from home, only a miracle would stop City from progressing to the quarters this year. Guardiola is starting to slowly stamp his authority on the English grounds and will be looking to rule world football for years to come.







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