Thursday 17 October 2019

'I am shocked and saddened' - Keane can't believe extent of United's fall

Looking lost in London: Harry Maguire, Fred and Jesse Lingard can’t hide their disappointment after Manchester United’s defeat to West Ham at the London Stadium. Photo: Henry Browne/Getty Images
Looking lost in London: Harry Maguire, Fred and Jesse Lingard can’t hide their disappointment after Manchester United’s defeat to West Ham at the London Stadium. Photo: Henry Browne/Getty Images

Sam Dean

Roy Keane said it was "scary" how far his old side have fallen as he and Jose Mourinho led the condemnation of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's team after a dismal defeat by West Ham.

Slumping to a seventh defeat in their last 15 League games, United have now failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their last 11 away matches, their worst run since 2002, and Mourinho said he can see no improvements from his time as manager of the club.

Solskjaer's misery was further compounded by an injury to Marcus Rashford, who limped out of the second half with a groin injury.

Speaking on Sky Sports, Keane said he was "saddened" by his former club's lack of quality and warned that it would be a "long way back" for United, who have taken eight points from their opening six games of the season.

"I don't know where to start," said Keane. "I knew they weren't in a great place but I am shocked and saddened by how bad they are. Everything about United was lacklustre.

"No quality. A lack of desire. A lack of leaders. A lack of characters. It is a long way back and it is scary just how far they have fallen."

Roy Keane
Roy Keane

Since their stirring victory over Paris St-Germain in the last season's Champions League, United have lost 10 of 19 games, winning just five.

Sacked

Mourinho, who was sacked in December last year and replaced by Solskjaer, said: "We were bad last season but I do not see any improvements, even with three new players [Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James].

"I have to say they are three new players with a positive impact. I like these three players and they are bringing some good quality but the team, as a team, I don't like at all."

It was United's second successive away defeat by West Ham, who struck through Andriy Yarmolenko and Aaron Cresswell and had control of the match throughout.

Solskjaer rued key moments of the game which slipped through United's grasp as he insisted that his side showed the desire he is looking for in his team.

"It is a good group to work with," Solskjaer said. "Sometimes along the road we are going to hit some bumps, as we have said, some highs and some lows. The group is out there determined, they showed the desire we want to get out, it was a good atmosphere in the dressing room. They have got the focus right.

"They want to do what we are trying to do. We are working in training. There are key moments in games that can tip these games in our favour compared to theirs and you make maybe a bad decision on a pass, but the attitude and desire is there." (© Telegraph, London)

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