Roy Keane compares Thomas Partey to old Arsenal rival Patrick Vieira and says he 'wished' Man Utd had bought him

ROY Keane has compared Thomas Partey to his old Arsenal rival Patrick Vieira – and revealed he wished Manchester United had bought him.

The pundit's comments came as Arsenal claimed their first win at Old Trafford since 2006, beating Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's team 1-0.

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It was not the most beautiful performance from the visitors, who took the lead thanks to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's penalty and battled onto the victory.

Part of their steel came in the form of their midfield enforcer Thomas Partey, recruited on deadline day.

He impressed pundit Keane so much the Irishman compared him to his old adversary Vieira, who he frequently clashed with during United and the Gunners' titanic battles in years gone by.

He told Sky Sports: "When you watch a player live, that's when you can judge. The more I watch him, the more I wish he was in the Man United midfield.

"I think this kid has got a chance of matching what Patrick [Vieira] used to do.

"I wish we had him in United’s midfield. He could definitely be Arsenal’s successor to Vieira."

It's a bold comparison, with Vieira dominating the midfield at the Emirates for almost a decade.

But so far Partey has impressed fans in his brief appearances, including his Europa League performance against Rapid Vienna.

It's also a compliment especially coming from Keane, who was Vieira's Man United counterpart and battled him furiously throughout the years.

This includes their infamous tunnel bust-up, where Keane exploded at what he perceived to be attempts to intimidate his teammate Gary Neville by the Frenchman.

The Red Devils have their own set of defensive players to choose from, including Nemanja Matic and Scott McTominay, who both featured in United's awkward diamond midfield.

They also have Fred, who is statistically the best in the league at ball recoveries.

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