Roy Keane has launched a scathing attack on the Manchester United team following their embarrassing defeat to Liverpool.
Manchester United’s recent 4-0 defeat to Liverpool was a hugely embarrassing one for a club long regarded as one of the best in Europe. Not only did the loss highlight the gulf in quality between the two sides but also shed light on the lack of commitment, desire and class in the Manchester United team likely to miss out on the Premier League top four this season.
Entering this game without star man Cristiano Ronaldo, United looked the second-best throughout the game. They were dominated by Liverpool’s attacking quality and solidity in midfield, eventually allowing Mohamed Salah to bag a brace while Luis Diaz and Sadio Mane also found themselves on the scoresheet.
Reacting to the defeat, Roy Keane was swift to launch a scathing attack on the Manchester United team for their poor performance against Liverpool.
“It’s not anger, it was anger earlier in the season. It’s sadness,” he said. “You look at the team today, there wasn’t any heart, no soul, no leaders, they lack real quality. They are so far off and you look at the United fans tonight… there’s no surprise with the scoreline, but Liverpool could score any time they went forward,” he told Sky Sports in a post-match segment.
“There is disarray at the club from the top. The fans have no time for the owners. They need a new manager, they need players in, they need players out…
“It’s so sad to see. It’s not the club I played for. It doesn’t reflect what Man Utd stood for when I played for it. It’s chalk and cheese. I don’t see a Manchester United team out there fighting and playing with pride,” he added.
Roy Keane, who made close to 500 competitive appearances for Manchester United, believes the club have lost its shine, with players now wanting to leave the club instead of joining it.
“What Man Utd have always had in my experience of the club is brilliant characters, brilliant men, people you want to work with, people you want to be in the trenches with,” he said.
“Robson, Bruce, Pallister, Beckham, Giggsy, Butty all these lads. Brilliant lads. We didn’t win every week but you’d look around before a game and think, ‘we’re going to give everything we have for this club’. That’s what we’d expect and hopefully, our talent would get us over the line and we’d win the odd game.
“But this team isn’t even likeable, there’s no soul with this team. You don’t even warm to them. I know it’s difficult for players to do interviews but it’s very robotic, there’s no emotion,” said the former midfielder.
Manchester United’s defeat to Liverpool could serve as a massive blow to their top-four aspirations. They are already sixth in the league table and with a tough stretch of fixtures coming up, the hopes of securing a top-four place could be well and truly over.