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Roy Keane slams 'bored' Man City star after Community Shield defeat to Leicester

Roy Keane was desperately unimpressed with the costly mistake from Nathan Ake as Manchester City slipped to a 1-0 defeat to Leicester City in the Community Shield.

Centre-back Ake miscontrolled the ball as Leicester striker Kelechi Iheanacho pounced and he was then fouled by the Dutch defender.

Iheanacho struck the penalty past goalkeeper Zack Steffen with two minutes of normal time remaining to seal a famous win.

Keane, the former Manchester United captain, felt that City boss Pep Guardiola will not have viewed the mistake favourably and thinks the moment will have confirmed Ake’s spot as City’s fourth-choice centre-back.

Keane: ‘It’s a definite penalty. Ake is another one of these defenders who gets bored.


‘He just switches off for a split second. Credit to Iheanacho, we talk about strikers putting the ball in the net but closing people down, winning the penalty. The keeper got his hand to it but just too much power.

‘I look at Ake today, these are important opportunities for these players.

‘You know the manager is doubting you and it just confirms to Pep today that this guy is probably a bit short for us.

‘When you make mistakes like that it just confirms what the manager is thinking of you.

Ian Wright, the former Arsenal striker, added: ‘Nathan Ake has got to be aware that he’s needed there.

‘He looks like he’s on his heels. To be fair, Kelechi has come on and been very sharp but it’s a poor foul from him.

‘The goalkeeper was there, maybe the power was too much for him.’

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