Roy Keane has pointed another accusing finger at Harry Maguire over his latest attempts to fire up his Manchester United teammates, saying he “wouldn’t listen” to a word the defender is saying.
The Red Devils start to life under Ralf Rangnick has already seen enormous question marks placed on the German’s future. Indeed, following the defeat to Wolves last Monday, reports began to emerge about how a number of players are unhappy under Rangnick’s leadership.
They can put their current indifferent form to bed on Monday night in their FA Cup third-round tie with Aston Villa. Progress in the game will earn the Red Devils a fourth-round clash against Middlesbrough at Old Trafford.
And speaking ahead of the tie, United skipper Maguire has once again done his best to try and rally the troops.
The skipper told the club’s official website: “I’m the captain and leader in the dressing room, and I’ve had private conversations with the players and the management which will remain private.
“Make no mistake about it, I’m here for the fight and I know my team-mates are.
“I expect them to be and if they’re not then – like I said – there’s something wrong.
“We have a big squad. Of course, not all players will always be happy as they are not playing. But that’s football and we all have to remain professional.”
However, those comments have immediately been swatted aside by a less-than-convinced Keane.
Roy Keane unimpressed by Maguire comments
Working as a pundit on Sunday night, Roy Keane reacted by asking: “How many times has he said that? I wouldn’t listen too much to what Harry has to say.
“I’ll judge a player on what he does on a football pitch, not what rubbish he comes out with about players sticking together and we need to do more.
“Judge a player on what he does on a football pitch and United aren’t doing enough.
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“I still expect United to turn up and put on a performance but it’s not been good enough recently.”
In his latest interview, Maguire added: “I’ve obviously seen a lot of criticism and a lot of is absolutely justified. But for me, with this team, it shouldn’t need criticism to motivate players.
“If players of this quality aren’t motivated to play for this club when they pull the shirt on, then there’s something wrong.”
Mills bewildered Phil Jones is still at Manchester United
Danny Mills has admitted his bewilderment at how Phil Jones is still at Manchester United after he re-entered the spotlight recently.
Jones is one of the longest-serving players in the United squad alongside David de Gea. Indeed, the pair were in the squad which won the club’s last Premier League title in 2013.
Since then, though, while De Gea has remained Man Utd’s number one goalkeeper, Jones’ game time has dwindled.
In fact, recurring problems with injury meant that his starting role in last Monday’s 1-0 defeat to Wolves was his first appearance for the club in 707 days.
But Mills has now questioned why Jones is still at United and why he hasn’t sought a move away.
“To be honest I have no idea how he’s still at the football club,” the pundit told Football Insider.
“I know he’s had his injury problems but surely he would want to be getting away and playing.
“I just find it bizarre and incredible that he’s still there and hasn’t wanted to leave. He needs to go and play, even if that’s a loan deal somewhere.
“He clearly was once a fabulous player. But we don’t know if he’s still a fabulous player because he hasn’t played much.
“He needs to play football, he’s not particularly old. Get out and play some football.”