Roy Keane admits he is tired of listening to Jose Mourinho’s “excuses” after ripping into what he feels has been an “embarrassing” season at Manchester United.
Arsenal’s win at Southampton on Wednesday night means United are once again sixth in the Premier League table, four points off the pace of Champions League qualification, and a huge 19 points behind champions-elect Chelsea.
Mourinho has won the Community Shield and EFL Cup in his first season, while the club hold a 1-0 first-leg lead over Celta Vigo in their Europa League semi-final ahead of Thursday’s second leg.
But former midfielder Keane insists that, even if they won that trophy, this campaign should leave the manager and players “embarrassed”.
“I think he’s always coming up with plenty of excuses over the last few months,” Keane told ITV of Mourinho’s fixture complaints.
“There’s no way United should shy away from dealing with these challenges. This idea that they are sixth in the league, I think it’s 19 points behind Chelsea, the manager and players should be embarrassed by that.
“In terms of getting their hands on the Europa League, there’s no reason why they can’t do it.”
Asked whether winning the Europa League would make this season a success, he replied: “I wouldn’t go that far.
“For a club like Manchester United, winning a League Cup and a Europa League, with the teams that are in it, you’d expect them to do that.
“To be so far behind in the league is nothing short of embarrassing. The players they have, the squad, the money they’ve spent, it’s not good enough.”