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Roy Keane slams Manchester United: ‘I give up. I give up on these players’


Manchester United's Bruno Fernandes looks dejected

Manchester United's Bruno Fernandes looks dejected

Manchester United's Bruno Fernandes looks dejected

Roy Keane launched another scathing attack on Manchester United players after a sloppy first half saw them 2-0 down against Manchester City at Old Trafford.

An Eric Bailly own goal and a Bernardo Silva strike on the stroke of half-time put Pep Guardiola’s men in charge and, in truth, it could have been more as United gave up plenty of chances.

Keane eviscerated United after the 5-0 thrashing at the hands of Liverpool and today he said he has “given up” on these players.

Former United skipper Keane told Sky Sports: “This defending (for the second goal), (Luke) Shaw and (David) De Gea, not enough pressure. It’s OK sitting back, but you’ve got to realise it’s half-time and put pressure on. You’re on the ropes, stay in the game.. but what chance have you got?

“I’ve been crossing these fellas for years. I give up. I give up on these players. Right on half-time, these are international football players.

“I can’t understand the defending. I’m driving down here thinking ‘Man United are at home, they’ve got a chance’. But they’ve been like this all season giving up chances. Unless United do something drastic it’ll be another four or five.

Another lamentable performance on home soil may have pushed Solskjaer to the brink of the sack, after City dominated United from first to last in a one-sided derby.

Only three points separated these sides before kick-off but the gulf in quality and application soon became clear as Joao Cancelo was given time to swing in a cross that Eric Bailly turned into his own goal inside seven minutes.

A string of superb David De Gea saves prevented things getting as ugly as they had against Liverpool, but dominant City deservedly added another before the break as Silva got behind Luke Shaw to turn in a ball from Cancelo.

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United were poor in defence and lacked control in possession as Solskjaer’s meek side failed to muster a response, leading to a smattering of boos at the final whistle.

"It felt worse (than the defeat to Liverpool)," added Keane. "It was so poor. The difference in class, quality and decision making, basically everything. I know the old saying is men vs boys, but United are so off it, it's unbelievable.

"Ole seems to have been under pressure since he walked into the club and that isn't going to go away because from the first day he got the job, people didn't think he was up to it because of his track record and his CV at Cardiff, which was a tough job," said Keane.

"Ole has to take responsibility, of course he does. I've defended Ole for the last one or two years but he's the manager and he and his staff need to get more out of these players.

"Ultimately, I always think it comes back to your DNA. If somebody has to tell you to run and close someone down you are in trouble, but there's a lack of quality, particularly in midfield. They are so short in midfield in terms of physicality and quality.

"Ole is in trouble. When he looks back on the team bus and he sees Shaw Maguire, Fred and my job depends on these guys? You are in trouble. These players will let you down. Maybe he's better off out of it."

Keane went on to suggest his support for Solskjaer is now based on hope rather than belief, as he argued the players don't seem to be prepared to fight for the cause.

"Ole is a brilliant guy and an honest guy, but he has to try and survive now," he added. "I think Ole will be under even more pressure now than he was after the Liverpool game.

"I'd love to go in hard on the players here, but they are just not good enough to play for Manchester United. Anyone who says Fred is good enough to play for Manchester United is living in cuckoo land.

"And if there are players in that dressing room who are doubting whether Ole will be the man to lead them for much longer, then he is a big trouble."

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