Monday 20 May 2019

Roy Keane rips into Paul Pogba as he points an accusing finger at Manchester United's team of 'bluffers'

Soccer Football - Premier League - Manchester United v Manchester City - Old Trafford, Manchester, Britain - April 24, 2019 Manchester United's Paul Pogba during the warm up before the match REUTERS/Phil Noble
Soccer Football - Premier League - Manchester United v Manchester City - Old Trafford, Manchester, Britain - April 24, 2019 Manchester United's Paul Pogba during the warm up before the match REUTERS/Phil Noble
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Roy Keane ripped into Paul Pogba and claimed he is 'a big problem' in the Manchester United dressing room after watching an interview with the French World Cup winner.

After Pogba gave his reflections United's 4-0 defeat against Everton on Sunday, former United captain Keane offered up a typically feisty response as he dismissed the positive words muttered by the club's record signing.

"I wouldn't believe a word he says," Keane told Sky Sports ahead of tonight's Manchester derby. "There is no meaning behind it and I don't even think he believes what he says any more.

"He spoke about being a good team-mate, but if you are being a good team-mate, you have to run back. You need to set a good example at your football club and he is a senior player, but I don't think he leads by example. My eyes don't lie to me.

"He's a talent, but the real top players make their team-mates better and work for the team, but he doesn't do that. He plays for himself."

Keane went on to suggest there are 'too many bluffers' in the current United first team, as he claimed manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a huge job on his hands to turn around the club's fortunes.

Suggesting some star names need to be taken out of the United dressing room after their performances levels dipped in Jose Mourinho's final few months as their manager, Keane suggested the same fate could befall Solskjaer.

"There are too many bluffers at this club to get United back to the very top," stated Keane. "These are the same players that threw Mourinho under the bus and they will do the same to Ole. Leopards don't change their spots.

"The fact that we are talking about United trying to finish fourth highlighted that the standards have dropped over the last three or four years on and off the pitch. This will be a big test for Ole, of course it will."

Keane was especially passionate when he spoke about the lack of desire in the United dressing room, as he suggested some players lack the mental strength to play for the club.

"You can always forgive players for having a bad performance, but if you don’t sprint and close players down then there is going to be huge question marks over you," he stated.

"I'm always intrigued when I hear after games that people will be up for the next game, but I never fall for that. You are supposed to be up be up for every game, whether you play for Man United or Altrincham.

"It's not up to the manager to motivate players. It's up to the players to motivate themselves. The fact that Ole has to talk about it before games and then for a few days after it, he must be hugely embarrassed.

"He needs to get some players in, some proper defenders. I look at Pep Guardiola and he didn't win anything in his first season at Man City, so he told the board he needed to get in some defenders and a goalkeeper. The same with Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool, he went and bought a goalkeeper and a centre-half.

"This club have been in free-fall for two or three years. How many points are they behind the leaders? In every aspect they are way behind Man City and Liverpool.

"People say they've given Ole the job too early, but they've given it to him and now they have to back him to get some defenders in."

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