Roy Keane’s two doubts about Man Utd’s struggling squad still remain a problem

With Manchester United in turmoil, previous comments made by former Red Devil Roy Keane over player mentality appear more apt than ever before

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  • 10:39, 23 Nov 2021
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Roy Keane 's damning assessment of Manchester United's squad struggles are more evident than ever in the wake of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer 's sacking.


The Red Devils axed their Norwegian manager on Sunday following a humiliating 4-1 defeat to Watford at Vicarage Road which saw the club slip to seventh in the Premier League.

United have only registered one win in their last seven league outings, a run that has also seen them suffer embarrassing home defeats to fierce rivals Liverpool and Manchester City.

Despite spending over £440million on players during Solskjaer's three-year reign, United failed to win a trophy with a number of those high-profile signings having failed to live up to the hype and return the club to its former glory days under Sir Alex Ferguson.

Roy Keane's comments on Manchester United's squad from 2019 appear more apt that ever

With the club currently in turmoil, previous comments made by former captain turned pundit Keane appear more apt than ever before.

Speaking ahead of United's 2-0 defeat at West Ham in September 2019, Keane expressed his fears over the mentality of some of the club's signings, suggesting the likes of Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire lacked a win-every-week mindset following their moves form Crystal Palace and Leicester, respectively, that summer.

The Irishman also raised concerns about the attitude of experienced players in the United squad and how they lacked leadership.

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"It is still early in the season and I think we have to give these lads a chance to mature at the club," Keane said at the time.

"The only concern I have, with the three that came in (Daniel James included), is the clubs they came from and how they are not used to winning week in, week out as you would expect from a Manchester United player.

"You would also expect that the senior players would give them a helping hand – and I have had doubts about that for a number of years."

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Keane expressed his fears over the likes of Harry Maguire not possessing a winning mentality at United

Back then, Keane, who made 480 appearances and won six Premier League titles, four FA Cups and one Champions League crown during an illustrious 12-year playing career at Old Trafford, also gave a scathing assessment of how United's players were responding to setbacks at the time.

He added: "I think what can't be tolerated at United over the next couple of months… you are going to lose football matches, but last year there were one or two noises when they got beat at Brighton, the players came out and said it when they got beat at Everton, 'we're not sure our attitudes were right' and all this kind of garbage.

"I think Man United fans will forgive a lot of things once players go out and give their lot.

"With these new signings and the lads that have gone out of the door, Ole had to make these changes, but only time will tell if they are going to work.

"The way they have started the season, the jury is still out."

Now, three years down the line, time has certainly told as the club's patience with Solskjaer finally ran out on Sunday.

While David De Gea admitted his current United side are "embarrassing", a number of the squad were left in floods of tears as the weekend Watford woes proved all too much and Keane's fears over mentality continue to be justified.

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