Roy Keane blasts ‘small club, mid-table team’ Manchester United after Liverpool draw

Roy Keane wants Man United to “turn up” more often

Roy Keane was in a frustrated mood after Man United’s 2-2 draw against Liverpool on Sunday.

A spirited second-half performance from the Red Devils saw them come from behind to lead the game 2-1, having conceded midway through the first half. A late Mo Salah penalty, however, denied United another victory over Liverpool in a space of three weeks.

Speaking later on Sky Sports, as quoted by talkSPORT, the United legend expressed his anguish with United’s unexpected nature, which they have demonstrated throughout the season.

Sunday's draw leaves United 11 points off the Champions League places in the Premier League table with seven games to go. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images) (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
Sunday’s draw leaves United 11 points off the Champions League places in the Premier League table with seven games to go. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images) (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

“You need those characters, those leaders. I’m repeating myself every week on here but that’s what you need from a group of players.

“The way Man United is playing is like a mid-table team, a small club. You don’t know what you’re going to get.

“There’s a bit of excitement but if you want to win the big prizes, to compete, you’ve got to turn up week in, week out.

“And these players don’t, the stats will tell you that. They’ve lost 12 games, the goal difference [-1]… nowhere near good enough.”

Roy Keane after Man United 2-2 Liverpool

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It’s harsh to expect Keane to be cheerful on the best of days; expecting it at all is folly in the first place.

Keane's consistency in his media work should serve as an inspiration to all of Man United right now. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)
Keane’s consistency in his media work should serve as an inspiration to all of Man United right now. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

Despite acknowledging the Irishman’s inclination for despair, however, the point he makes cannot be denied. United’s one-step-forward-one-step-back football this season has bewildered fans and analysts alike. Partly it is down to Erik ten Hag’s tactics, and partly it is down to United’s injury woes that have further hamstrung the Dutchman.

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Time is running out for United to end the season with any sense of upward mobility. They will need to cram a lot of good performances in the limited amount of minutes they have left to instil any sense of optimism among the Old Trafford faithful.