Alex Ferguson hits back at Roy Keane’s stinging criticism as United crash out
Published 08/12/2011 | 09:42
ALEX Ferguson hit back at former skipper Roy Keane's damning assessment of Manchester United's Champions League exit.
Keane lambasted his old club in the wake of their 2-1 defeat to Basle in Switzerland last night, which dumped them into the Europa League.
The controversial Corkman claimed it was "a reality check" for the likes of Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Ashley Young, all of whom received substantial praise for their performances during United's flying start to the season.
Clearly, Ferguson was unimpressed.
"He had an opportunity to prove himself as a manager too. It is a difficult job," said the Scot.
Yet, on a night when they failed to find a suitable answer to goals from Marco Streller and Alexander Frei until Jones bagged a late consolation and also lost skipper Nemanja Vidic to a knee injury that may keep him out for quite a while, Ferguson has some big questions to answer.