Keane: I Wish Partey Was In Man United’s Midfield

Keane: I Wish Partey Was In Man United’s Midfield

Roy Keane admits he ‘wishes’ Manchester United had signed Arsenal star Thomas Partey and believes the midfielder can match Patrick Vieira’s achievements at Arsenal. 

The former Atletico Madrid midfielder who joined Arsenal in a £45 million deal from Atletico Madrid on deadline day, delivered a brilliant display at Old Trafford as the Gunners sealed a 1-0 win over United. 

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s penalty in the second half secured victory for Mikel Arteta’s side, while Partey dominated the midfield battle against Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes. 

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And United legend Keane was impressed with the Gunners’ latest signing. 

“Brilliant, I thought he was outstanding,” Keane told Sky Sports.
“We said before the game, this guy’s no mug, he’s played for a big club, he’s played in big competitions.

“We saw, when you watch a player live that’s when you can judge a player.

“The more I look at him the more I wish he was in Man United’s midfield.

“Big, strong, aggressive, obviously going back with Arsenal I had my battles with Patrick Vieira, I think this kid has got a chance of matching what Patrick used to do. 

“He’s big, he’s strong, he’s aggressive and he likes to pass it forward. He can deal with the ball, he looks comfortable on the ball, just small little details, composure, good first touch, retaining possession, that’s the name of the game.”

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  • O'billy Pam-Pam 4 years ago

    I hope Partey can spur Ndidi to improve some aspect of his game.Though I always maintain that no two players are the same.I’m not in for that press inspired comparison–Pele/Maradona, Messi/Ronaldo,etc. A lot of things join together to make up a player,some natural, which other players, try as they may,cannot acquire that skill. I once saw C.Ronaldo trying to do what I call the Okocha basket dance and fell in the process, and he never tried it again.But you can’t say he’s not skilful,he dishes out a lot of it on the field of play regularly.
    I think Partey is more attack/offensive minded than Ndidi, more confident, more composed,better on one on one situation,and not afraid of taking risk. But I understand where the they are both coming from. Ndidi is a converted defender and Partey a natural midfielder. Ndidi is good and I want him to be better.

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