Roy Keane admitted to being “shocked and saddened” by the demise of Manchester United after witnessing their lacklustre 2-0 defeat at West Ham on Sunday.
United slipped to a demoralising 2-0 defeat at the London Stadium, stretching their winless run on the road to seven Premier League matches and leaving an honest Solskjaer to admit to two major failings of his side.
With pundits lying in wait to tear strips of his United side, Solskjaer knows he has a huge job on his hands to turn the Red Devils back into a force.
Perhaps the most scathing criticism came from former United boss Jose Mourinho, though former United captain Keane also had more than a few home truths to tell the club in the Sky Sports studios, admitting it was “scary how far United have fallen”.
“I don’t know where to start,” he said. “I was shocked and saddened by how bad they were.
“You can lose a game of football but everything about them… they were lacklustre, no quality, lack of desire, lack of leaders, lack of characters.
“It’s a long way back for United but scary how far they’ve fallen.”
Speaking later on Super Sunday, Keane said he felt several of the current United squad were just “not good enough”.
“I’ve known Ole a long time – I can tell he is fuming, he’s disgusted. Managers can back their teams up all they want but it’s what they do on the pitch. We’re talking about Man Utd here.
“I go back to basics – close down, sprint – and the first goal summed them up at the moment. They’re almost hanging their hat on Dan James – a young player from Swansea learning his trade. I’ll be critical of players not closing down but a lot of these players aren’t good enough for Man Utd, it’s as simple as that.”
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