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'That's exactly where they will fall short': Roy Keane criticises Manchester United's players AGAIN

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‘That’s exactly where they will fall short’: Roy Keane criticises Manchester United’s players AGAIN after win at Wolves as club icon questions whether ‘hit or miss’ midfielders including Fred and Paul Pogba would start for Manchester City, Chelsea or Liverpool

  • Roy Keane has reiterated his unimpressed take on Manchester United’s midfield
  • The club legend hammered Fred for his lack of quality and slammed Paul Pogba
  • Scott McTominay, Nemanja Matic and David de Gea also came in for harsh words
  • Keane said United have no automatic picks following their narrow win at Wolves


Roy Keane has savaged Manchester United midfielder Fred and raised questions over Paul Pogba as part of his latest unimpressed assessment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad.

United legend Keane has warned that boss Solskjaer’s best midfield options are ‘hit and miss’ and suggested that none of the players who featured in the 1-0 win at Wolves in the Premier League on Sunday would start for title contenders Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool.

The unforgiving pundit told Sky Sports: ‘If you look at a lot of the top teams, you automatically go with the two or three players they’ve got, whereas Man United can be hit and miss.

Manchester United legend Roy Keane has criticised Fred

Keane also singled out Paul Pogba

Manchester United legend Roy Keane has criticised midfielders Fred (L) and Paul Pogba (R)

The iconic United midfielder did not mince his words when asked about his current successors

The iconic United midfielder did not mince his words when asked about his current successors

‘Pogba going in there today – for all his talent, you’ve got question marks over him defensively. 

‘I don’t want to mention Fred again because I seem to be on his case all the time. But sometimes, I think if you’re going to play in central midfield for a big team and a big club, you have got to hang your hat on someone to say he’s brilliant at going forward or he’s brilliant defensively or he’s got a goal in him, or he’s a great athlete. I don’t see any of [those qualities] in Fred.’

The seven-time Premier League winner’s withering appraisal echoed his remarks after United were held at Southampton a week earlier, when he blamed Fred and defender Harry Maguire after the Brazil international scored an own goal to gift the Saints the lead.

Keane accused United of having ‘not enough creativity, not enough quality’ – and that proved the case again at Molineux as they needed Mason Greenwood’s somewhat fortuitous 80th-minute winner to secure victory. 

Keane also fears that goalkeeper David de Gea could cost United despite keeping a clean sheet

Keane also fears that goalkeeper David de Gea could cost United despite keeping a clean sheet

Discussing the players who could cost United points, the former club captain pinpointed No1 David De Gea and voiced his concerns about two more midfielders in Scott McTominay and Nemanja Matic. 

Keane said: ‘I think McTominay has got a chance of being that player, Matic, you know… would any of these players get in the Man City, Chelsea or Liverpool teams? 

‘I don’t see it so I wouldn’t know what their best combination is – so that’s a problem.

‘I think that’s exactly where they will fall short and still I know he’s done well today and he’s getting a few plaudits… the goalkeeper.’

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