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'Man United just not good enough,' blasts Roy Keane

Sam Wallace

Published 26/02/2014 | 02:30

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Wayne Rooney, Michael Carrick and Robin van Persie are downcast as they restart the game after conceding the first goal during the match against Olympiacos FC in Piraeus, Greece.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
Wayne Rooney, Michael Carrick and Robin van Persie are downcast as they restart the game after conceding the first goal during the match against Olympiacos FC in Piraeus, Greece. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
Manchester United's Wayne Rooney (L) fights for the ball with Olympiakos' Jose Holebas during their Champions League round of 16 first leg soccer match at Karaiskaki stadium in Piraeus, near Athens, February 25, 2014.    REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis (GREECE - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)
Manchester United's Wayne Rooney (L) fights for the ball with Olympiakos' Jose Holebas during their Champions League round of 16 first leg soccer match at Karaiskaki stadium in Piraeus, near Athens, February 25, 2014. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis (GREECE - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)
Manchester United's coach David Moyes reacts during a Champions League round of 16 first leg soccer match against Olympiakos at Karaiskaki stadium in Piraeus, near Athens, February 25, 2014.    REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis (GREECE - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)
Manchester United's coach David Moyes reacts during a Champions League round of 16 first leg soccer match against Olympiakos at Karaiskaki stadium in Piraeus, near Athens, February 25, 2014. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis (GREECE - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)

Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane declared last night that the club need six or seven players to rebuild and replace players "who just don't have the quality" after a shockingly poor display against Olympiakos saw them become the third Premier League side to lose 2-0 in the Champions League round of 16.

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Under-fire manager David Moyes took full responsibility for a display as dismal as any under him and Keane said they could have no excuses.

"There is a lack of confidence and there are some players who just don't have the quality," he said.

"We've been brainwashed that the Premier League is the best in the world. Nonsense.

"It's the best brand in the world, but they have fallen behind – United more than most.

SHOCKED

"They need six or seven players to rebuild the club. Privately, David Moyes will be shocked at the quality he is working with."

Keane reacted sharply to a post-match interview from Michael Carrick.

"That interview was just like the performance – flat. He should say a bit more, have a bit more urgency even in his interview," Keane said.

"That just reflected United's performance tonight – flat, with no urgency.

"They keep saying: 'Ah, well, next game, next game'. For some of them there won't be another game. That's the reality."

"I don't think any of us could have predicted that," he said after United's miserable surrender in the Athens district of Piraeus.

"They (United) just never turned up. Olympiakos were very, very good and technically they were better than United tonight."

Moyes had admitted that falling behind in games is a problem for his team and United did so for the 16th time this season, 11 of which they have gone on to lose.

"Our worst performance. We never really got into it. We didn't deserve anything. We never got to grip with things," said the deflated United boss.

"We came in with a good mindset, but it didn't show today. We still have a shot, but we didn't offer anything. I take responsibility. We'll do everything we possibly can to reverse the 2-0 defeat. We didn't show the talent the team has."

The Greeks' two goals came in a 17-minute period either side of the break, with Arsenal loanee Joel Campbell adding to Alejandro Dominguez's opener.

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