June 14, 2024

Clear deadwood at Old Trafford, Roy Keane

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Roy Keane, Manchester United legend has urged the next permanent manager to overhaul the deadwood at Old Trafford.

Roy Keane called for squad overhaul as he revealed he would keep just three players from the current squad.

The former Red Devils captain was unimpressed with his former club’s performance as they drew 2-2 with Aston Villa in their latest Premier League fixture.

He urged for a massive overhaul at Manchester United under the next manager

He was responding to a question from fellow commentator Jamie Redknapp about how many players from the present team, which includes Cristiano Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandes, and Raphael Varane, he could rely on after the match.

Keane said: ‘How many would I keep you mean? I don’t know, I really don’t.’  

Presenter David Jones then pressed Keane on whether he would keep Bruno Fernandes.

To which Keane replied: ‘Yeah. Oh yeah Bruno, people like [Cristiano] Ronaldo, it’s not all doom and gloom.

‘You have [Raphael] Varane, you have some good young players there.’ 

Paul Pogba, Edinson Cavani, Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata, Lee Grant, and Tahith Chong are all out of contract at the end of the season, and Keane has stated that the team has to be changed.

‘A new manager has come in, he might be thinking I fancy the job.

‘But I’m on about if a top coach comes in, at least for a good starting point, you might look at some of the senior players and go at least their contracts are up.

‘I can move them on and get some fresh, hungry quality players into Manchester United.’ 

The former midfielder believes that the veteran players in the club must step up and assist young players in need, such as Marcus Rashford.

‘He’s done amazing things over the last few years, amazing, on and off the pitch, but clearly, there’s something amiss.

‘I looked at him Monday night [in the FA Cup against Villa and thought], “The lights are on but no-one’s home”. The kid looks lost. There’s something amiss.

‘Sometimes with young players it’s confidence, it might be anything to do on the football pitch, it might be stuff off the field.

‘The club has got to help him, the senior players have got to help young players. There’s plenty amiss at Man United at the moment that needs to be fixed.’

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