Roy Keane rips into Michael Carrick as Manchester United draw against Chelsea
Speaking on Sky Sports after the game (h/t GiveMeSport), Roy Keane has blasted Michael Carrick for his post-match interview as Manchester United drew 1-1 against Premier League leaders, Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Man United did pretty well, in the end, to come up with a point against Thomas Tuchel’s formidable side.
Superstar Cristiano Ronaldo was dropped to the bench to the surprise of many. It caused many discussions before the match had even started. However, the Red Devils scored the opener thanks to Jadon Sancho, who capitalised on Jorginho’s mistake and put his team ahead.
But, the relentless pressure from the Blues eventually won them a penalty, and the Italian midfielder rectified his mistake by slotting past David de Gea. Carrick spoke after the game and said he was happy with the squad and their efforts this week. Keane was not a big fan of that comment and ripped into the caretaker manager.
As someone who served in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s backroom staff, Carrick will have had an insider’s perspective to life at Old Trafford. Keane pointed out that the club is among the worst in certain parameters and refused to buy into Carrick’s comments.
“I disagree with everything he said in that interview. He was in the dugout with Ole, now all of a sudden he’s proud of the players this week and they had a plan. What about all the other games they had?”
Keane went on to add that the Man United backroom staff should be held accountable for their lack of tactics on the field. While we may have some of the best players in the land, they are only as good as the tactics employed on the field.
“WE SAW ALL THE STATS BEFORE THE GAME – THEY’RE THE WORST IN THE LEAGUE, CLOSING PEOPLE DOWN, WINNING THE BALL BACK. PRAISING PLAYERS FOR DOING THEIR JOBS. THEY HAVE TO BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE SOME OF THE STAFF.”
Does Keane have a point?
While the 50-year-old was right to question what happened in the past, it does not apply in the context. The caretaker coach was appreciative of his players for their efforts following Solskjaer’s sack and, for the right reasons. Sure, there are many areas where improvements are needed but compared to the last days under the Norwegian, there has been some improvement.
Criticism and appreciation are always warranted, but their application should be in the right situation. If Keane had questioned the interview in a different scenario, it would have made sense. Ignoring the context, he did make some reasonable claims which need solving as soon as possible.
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The supporters hope that with the arrival of Ralf Rangnick, there will be a change of scenario because of his infamous methods. The 63-year-old is a visionary manager with an astute understanding of the game.
The Red Devils currently sit in the eighth position and are just five points off the top four places. The draw would bring positive uplift to the players who had gone through rough phases over the last few months. They could use this as a stepping stone to kickstart their season under the German.