Roy Keane leaves ITV studio in stitches at Gary Neville’s expense

Argentina train ahead of World Cup final

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Manchester United icon and ITV World Cup pundit Roy Keane had the entire studio laughing with his jibe at Gary Neville ahead of the final between Argentina and France. Keane and Neville were joined by former Arsenal and England striker Ian Wright, who could not help but laugh at the Irishman’s joke.

As the panel discussed the headline acts of Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe, Neville spoke of what it would be like to face them as a defender. “Messi’s an absolute sensation,” he told ITV. “If you were a defender, you’d rather face a one-v-one against Messi than Mbappe. [Josko] Gvardiol the other night got past him and tried to knock him off the ball, Mbappe would strike living fear into you. It’ll be great to see these two against each other tonight.”

Keane quickly replied with a jab at his former United team-mate Neville, which left Wright in stitches: “I think they both would fancy their chances against you, Gary,” Keane bluntly told Neville.

Building up to the game, Neville was analysing Messi and how his situation at finalists Argentina differed from Cristiano Ronaldo at Portugal. “There’s no doubt, look how Argentina have handled Messi compared to Portugal have handled Cristiano Ronaldo. They’ve built everything around Messi whereas Ronaldo,” Neville added.

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“The Portuguese lost faith in Ronaldo. It’s just been significant from day one, they’ve thought Messi is the only way we can win the World Cup and to do that we carry him around, those around him have been brilliant.”

Whether Argentina can stop Mbappe is one of the keys to if they can lift the trophy, and Neville thought that it was “interesting” how England and Morocco approached the task. “Against England and Morocco he was quite quiet and it was quite interesting how both teams approached it,” he continued.

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“Kyle Walker sat back, played more defensive, [Achraf] Hakimi just flew on and left him. He’s delivered magical moments and the problem with England, they relaxed when he passed the ball, they thought the attack was over and they got the shock of their lives but just a brilliant attacker.”

Keane noted that Argentina could not afford to solely focus on Mbappe however as the likes of Antoine Griezmann, Olivier Giroud and Ousmane Dembele can cause problems if teams commit too many defenders to the Paris Saint-Germain star. “What makes him great is the moments but he also attracts opponents which helps his teammates,” Keane said. “When he gets these opportunities, quick feet, movement. You can’t switch off against them.”

Both Messi and Mbappe began the final level with five goals each in Qatar as the PSG pair are not just vying for the trophy at the end of the game, but also the Golden Boot and Golden Ball individual awards.

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