Former Manchester United skipper Roy Keane didn’t mince words when critiquing the Red Devils after their 2-0 setback against Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on a recent Saturday evening.
Pape Sarr opened the scoring shortly after half-time, while a self-inflicted error by Lisandro Martinez added to United’s woes, sealing their fate with an own goal in North London.
While the Red Devils narrowly clinched a win in their inaugural match of the season against Wolverhampton Wanderers, many believed the scales tipped in favour of the visiting side during the clash at Old Trafford.
Roy Keane on Sky Sports said:
“Man United are the new Spurs”.
“Desperate, absolutely desperate”
“The biggest insult I always think about is teams who can’t do it away from home, players who aren’t up for it away from home
“United go away today… weak, no leadership, gave bad goals away. It’s easy to play against Man United. Man Utd are the new Spurs.
“The midfield looked lightweight. The six players high up the pitch, when you’re out of possession they’re giving you absolutely nothing. You can always carry one or two maybe in your team who don’t give you much but can be match winners but United are carrying too many players when they’re not really at it.
“I look at [Mason] Mount, [Bruno] Fernandes out of possession, they look like schoolboys. They haven’t got that physicality to get the ball back.
“We’re told Ten Hag is a brilliant coach, well we need to see it. They looked flat tonight. I’d like to know what they’re doing on the training pitch. Are they over training? They don’t look full of energy.”
Furthermore, Keane aimed some of his displeasure at Marcus Rashford, lamenting the English striker’s lacklustre performance up front.
“Rashford playing up through the middle again the usual stuff. He’s like a child out there playing up through the middle?” the 52-year-old added.
“His first few touches when he gets it suggest he doesn’t want to play up through the middle but you have to you got to do a job for the team tonight.”
Manchester United look to get back to winning ways on Saturday with a home fixture against Nottingham Forest.