Champions League

Keane slams Stones' child like defending

2016-11-24 20:22
John Stones (Getty Images)

Manchester United legend Roy Keane has slammed Manchester City defender John Stones for not being a physical enough presence for the Citizens.

The 45-year-old was critical of the City star after he was turned and beaten by Borussia Monchengladbach forward Lars Stindl in Wednesday's Champions League Group C clash in Germany.

Stindl rolled the £47.5million signing on the way to helping create Raffael's opening goal. David Silva later replied with the equaliser for the Citizens.

Nonetheless, Keane did not hold back in his assessment of Stones' weak defensive effort in that instance against Stindl.

The former midfielder told ITV: "He's got to be stronger, he's got to be tougher. It's just too easy, he's like a child getting knocked off the ball.

"He's hoping one of his team-mates can help him out here but they punished and rightly so. Really poor defending, he's got to be stronger. He's a good player but he's just got to be tougher and stronger."

Stones has been widely criticised by fans while at Everton for overplaying at the back with analysts claiming that he needed to better recognise when to play and when to get rid of the ball.

Former Manchester United defender, Rio Ferdinand however came to Stones' defence saying that the young defender needed the freedom to express himself, which he would receive from Pep Guardiola.

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