English Premiership

Keane : 'A lot of these players aren't good enough'

2019-09-23 12:18
Roy Keane
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Cape Town - Roy Keane spared no punches in his assessment of Manchester United after a disappointing 2-0 defeat to West Ham United on Sunday.

United slipped to a demoralising loss at the London Stadium, stretching their winless run on the road to seven Premier League matches.

They also face an anxious wait for the results of a scan on Marcus Rashford's groin after their last striker standing limped off.

It was a lifeless display against the Hammers, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer maintained after the match that he has "a good group to work with".

Keane, though, was less positive about United and he thinks Solskjaer will be "fuming" inside.

Keane on whether the United players have enough characters in their side, Keane told Sky Sports: "Ole's answers are 'I think so'. Listen, I've known Ole a long time, he's one of the nicest lads you will ever meet, and I can tell just by looking at his eyes that he's fuming, that he's disgusted.

"Like any manager he's going to come out to try and defend his team. I always think the proof is in the pudding, managers can back their team all they want, but it's all about what they do on the pitch when the referee blows that whistle.

"We didn't see that today. We're talking about Manchester United here. You look at the first goal, it's all about the basics of football, closing people down, sprinting to people, it summed up Manchester United at the moment.

"There's a lack of quality, a lack of goal threat. To me, the young boy James has come in and they're almost depending on him trying to win them the game, he's a young boy coming in from Swansea. He's still learning his trade but they're hanging their hat on him.

"Rice and Noble, they ran the midfield today and were excellent and I feel for Ole. I think his head must be spinning.

"When you've played for the club, there's always that little bit of loyalty and you appreciate the history but the reality is, and I've been saying it for a couple of years, the number of times when I've watched Manchester United and they're just not good enough.

"We can be critical of players, I'll be critical of them if they don't sprint and close people down, but a lot of these players aren't good enough for Manchester United, it's as simple as that, and we'll be having the same conversation throughout the course of the season.

"They're just not good enough and where do you start, where do you start with this team? They've brought in some players, that's a bit of a start and it's better than what they had, but then you watch it today and you're thinking if they had different tops on, you wouldn't think it's Man United.

"The history and all that can only take you so far. They weren't putting demands on each other today, you talk about the goalkeeper, Maguire, they're experienced players and I think my head is spinning as well, I'll be joining Ole! I don't know where to start."

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