Roy Keane slams Man Utd squad for ‘throwing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’ under the bus

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked last week (Photo by Ash Donelon/Manchester United via Getty Images)

Roy Keane has slammed Manchester United’s squad for ‘throwing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’ under the bus with their lack of work-rate and poor performances this season.

The Norwegian was sacked last week after a humiliating 4-1 defeat to Watford and Michael Carrick has taken temporary charge.

Keane has been a consistent critic of the side under Solskjaer and put much of the blame of the Norwegian’s tenure on the players, rather than his ex team-mate.

The Irishman said after Jose Mourinho’s sacking that ‘leopards never change their spots’ and predicted that the squad would once again let down Solskjaer.

And Keane says he’s been proven right this season by the players’ actions and their lack of work-rate.

‘They are not working as hard as the three teams at the top who are brilliant, have a lot of talent, well coached and they run; United’s players have stopped running in the last couple of months,’ said Keane.

;Marcus Rashford has said that the players have to take responsibility – but these players don’t. We saw a great example after the Watford game, where the players have gone over and tried to defend their manager.

‘It was too late; the damage was done.

‘I said over the last year or two that leopards don’t change their spots. Man United have talented players, particularly in possession. But, unfortunately, the game is also about when you’re out of possession.

‘If you want to compare them to Chelsea, Liverpool and Man City, it is chalk and cheese. These players don’t run, they don’t sprint, they don’t close down, they don’t work as a team and they work as individuals. They’re almost just depending on their talent, which is coming up short as well.

‘That is not enough to win the big prizes and it is not good enough. We talk about culture, and I don’t know what’s gone on in terms of on the training pitch every single day, but the signs are, again, that this United group does not work hard enough.

‘They don’t seem like good enough lads to me, in terms of that leadership and that personality (being missing). But that is what you need.

‘I think sometimes now when the players get interviewed, they are like robots. Over the last week when a lot of the players have been talking about the manager leaving, they keep saying Ole. Ole was their gaffer. Maybe Ole was too friendly with them.

‘Maybe that was a problem. Maybe he was too nice to these lads, because these lads have done what I predicted and thrown him under a bus.’


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