Roy Keane singles out four Man Utd aces who ‘refused to run’


Roy Keane has singled out four Manchester United players who he says ‘refused to run’ in Sunday’s embarrassing 4-1 loss to Manchester City.

United have been accused of throwing in the towel on a thoroughly dismal afternoon which saw Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez score twice apiece for the hosts.

Jadon Sancho briefly restored parity midway through the second half, but City never seemed to give up the lead after the mercurial De Bruyne put them back in front in the 22nd minute.

When the third came on with 68 minutes remaining, United’s intensity levels appeared to drop, which caught the attention of Sky Sports studio’s Keane.

Roy Keane was unimpressed with what he saw at the Etihad

He said: “City are a fantastic team and that’s why they are champions. You hoped the substitutes who arrived would have an impact but they’re not ready to run, a few guys in midfield, Wan-Bissaka , Fred, Maguire , Rashford, I could go on.

“You have to run back and you have to attack. United’s players have shown quality over the years, but we’ve seen a reflection of the team’s situation and the club’s situation.

“There were five or six players there who should never play for Manchester United again. It was shameful.”

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Several United players, including Marcus Rashford, have been criticized by Keane
Several United players, including Marcus Rashford, have been criticized by Keane

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Keane also acknowledged how far United were behind their Premier League rivals after a defeat that left them 22 points behind City at the top.

“They are so far behind the other teams,” he continued. “You hear noises all the time about things going on in the dressing room with a new manager coming in, but your own pride has to finally come out at some point.

More damagingly, the Old Trafford legend suggested the hosts weren’t even at their best and played United for most of the game.

Harry Maguire hasn't escaped Keane's wrath either
Harry Maguire hasn’t escaped Keane’s wrath either

“City didn’t need to be at their best,” he said. They still had a few gears to go. They played with them like at Old Trafford. It was men against boys as the old saying goes. They gave up and shame on them.”


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