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Roy Keane takes aim at “bored” Man City star after Community Shield defeat

Manchester City lost the Community Shield to Leicester after former striker Kelechi Iheanacho scored from the penalty spot late in the day to secure another trophy for Brendan Rodgers’ men

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Roy Keane tore Manchester City star Nathan Ake to shreds after insisting he looked bored during the Community Shield on Saturday.

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Leicester have followed up their FA Cup success over Chelsea by beating the Premier League champions at Wembley this weekend.

Pep Guardiola fielded a weakened team with many of his more illustrious stars still either on holiday or unfit.

And one of the fringe players to be given a chance to shine was Ake, who has had injury troubles since his £40m move from Bournemouth last summer that restricted him to 10 Premier League appearances.

However, the Dutchman was at fault late on in the match after giving away a penalty from his own mistake.

Nathan Ake brought Kelechi Iheanacho down in the penalty box

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After receiving the ball from Rodri, a poor touch allowed Kelechi Iheanacho to steal it off him in a dangerous area.

In a desperate attempt to atone for his error, Ake was involved in a coming together with the Nigeria international.

The ball bobbled out to Leicester debutant Patson Daka, who blazed his shot over but Paul Tierney pointed to the spot regardless.

Iheanacho took the resulting penalty, which he smashed past Zack Steffen with seconds left on the clock.

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It saw the Foxes win the Community Shield for the first time since 1971 but in the ITV studio Keane was less than impressed with Ake.

He said: “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.

Leicester beat City to win the Community Shield

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

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“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.”

City looked toothless in attack after failing to test Kasper Schmeichel amid interest in Harry Kane.

And Guardiola hinted that a deal could be struck before the end of the transfer window this summer.

When asked if a striker will be signed this summer, he said: “It depends if it is possible. If it is we do it, if not we go without a striker.

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“Tomorrow seven or eight players arrive back. That’s why I guess at the beginning of the season we will try to get results without being at our best.

“We know we will not be at our best but the players will be better next Sunday. That is the process we have to do.”

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