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'I'm shocked and saddened' - Roy Keane blasts Manchester United after defeat to West Ham

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Manchester United's Harry Maguire and Fred look dejected after the Premier League defeat to West Ham at the London Stadium.

Manchester United's Harry Maguire and Fred look dejected after the Premier League defeat to West Ham at the London Stadium.

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Manchester United's Harry Maguire and Fred look dejected after the Premier League defeat to West Ham at the London Stadium.

Roy Keane has blasted Manchester United's performance in today's Premier League defeat to West Ham.

Former United captain Keane, in his role as pundit for Sky Sports, said his former club lacked desire in the clash at the London Stadium where the Hammers claimed a 2-0 win.

Andriy Yarmolenko broke the deadlock with a peach of a strike just before half-time, and Aaron Cresswell finished United off with a stunning late free-kick.

"I'm shocked and saddened about how bad Manchester United were today," said Keane after the game.

"Everything was lacklustre. There was a lack of characters, a lack of quality, a lack of leaders, a lack of desire.

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"There's a long way back for United. It's scary how far they have fallen."

Speaking later on Sky Sports' Super Sunday, Keane said he felt several United players were just "not good enough".

"I've known Ole a long time - I can tell he is fuming, he's disgusted. Managers can back their teams up all they want but it's what they do on the pitch. We're talking about Man Utd here," added the Corkman.

"I go back to basics - close down, sprint - and the first goal summed them up at the moment. They're almost hanging their hat on Dan James - a young player from Swansea learning his trade.

"I'll be critical of players not closing down but a lot of these players aren't good enough for Man Utd, it's as simple as that."

Former United manager Jose Mourinho claimed the result didn't surprise him.

"We were bad last season but I don't see any improvement this season - even with three new players," said Mourinho.

"The team as a team...I don't like it at all.

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Jose Mourinho, in his role as a Sky Sports pundit, was highly critical of his former club Manchester United (Martin Rickett/PA)

Jose Mourinho, in his role as a Sky Sports pundit, was highly critical of his former club Manchester United (Martin Rickett/PA)

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Jose Mourinho, in his role as a Sky Sports pundit, was highly critical of his former club Manchester United (Martin Rickett/PA)

"I am not surprised by the result. There were no positives."

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's problems are mounting after Marcus Rashford was injured during the defeat.

The England striker limped off with a groin problem during the second half as United's lack of options in attack were laid bare.

With Anthony Martial still injured and youngster Mason Greenwood ill, Jesse Lingard had to fill in up front against the Hammers.

The winger may also find himself doing so against Rochdale in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday and, more worryingly for Solskjaer, when Arsenal visit on Monday week.

There could also be repercussions for England, who face Euro 2020 qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Bulgaria next month.

Rashford will have a scan on Monday but Solskjaer admitted: "He'll probably be out for a while."

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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer applauds the fans after the match

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer applauds the fans after the match

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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer applauds the fans after the match

The 21-year-old's absence will raise more questions about United's summer transfer business, when they failed to bring in a replacement for Romelu Lukaku.

Of just as much concern for Solskjaer is their away form. United have not won on their travels in the Premier League since February - a run of seven matches equalling an unwanted club record.

The Norwegian was asked about Mourinho's comments.

"He's got the right to his opinion," said Solskjaer, before pointing out Mourinho's United also lost at West Ham last year.

"It was a game that could have gone both ways," Solskjaer said.

"The key moments, they grasped and we didn't. I have to say two fantastic finishes from two good left feet. And we didn't take our chances when we had them.

"It's one of those moments. We've historically had loads of centre-backs struggling with injuries over the years.

"At the moment it's the strikers. That's just how it's gone. Hopefully Mason and Anthony will be back for the Arsenal game, and at least one of them for Rochdale."

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