Roy Keane with a scathing review on Manchester United players after the Liverpool defeat
As quoted by BBC, speaking in the Sky Sports Post Match Show, Manchester United legend Roy Keane was not impressed with the lack of fight and pride shown by the players in a 7-0 defeat at the hands of Liverpool.
After an encouraging first half at Anfield where United could argue were the better side, conceding at the stroke of half-time was a killer. Cody Gakpo’s finish from a sumptuous Andy Robertson pass took out three defenders.
But, Erik ten Hag must have told them the right things at the half-time team talk, didn’t he? From that to then conceding six goals in the second half was a show of weak-mindedness from the players who just folded under pressure and relentless running from their opponents.
Here’s what Keane said (h/t BBC Sport):
“When United come to Anfield all logic goes out of the window. It is the hardest place to come – they didn’t show any pride or fight.
“Liverpool were absolutely amazing though, their desire, their energy. Liverpool were back to their very best but it was an embarrassing day for United.
“I never thought United were back to their very best. They have been giving teams chances but today Liverpool didn’t let them off the hook. They were clinical and ruthless and kept going.”
Keane is right that logic goes out of the window in these games. But, too many times in recent years, we have seen logic going out of the window only at United’s end. Last season, they lost both league games with an aggregate score of 9-0. They have conceded seven in one game now.
Losing a football match to Liverpool at Anfield is not the most shameful thing to do. But, there is a manner of it, especially when you are Manchester United.
The lack of fight and pride shown by the players, starting from the captain Bruno Fernandes, was embarrassing. Fernandes was more busy arguing with the referee than playing football.
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How does ten Hag lift them with games coming thick and fast, only he knows best. Players themselves have to take some responsibility and help the manager out in this situation. They can let a good season melt after such a humbling.