Keane hammers Man Utd and labels Pogba’s interview a sham

Date published: Wednesday 24th April 2019 8:10 - Matthew Briggs

Roy Keane has launched a scathing attack on Manchester United and labelled Paul Pogba’s recent interview a sham.

The former United skipper was in no mood to mince his words ahead of tonight’s Manchester derby at Old Trafford, as he aired his thoughts after Sunday’s 4-0 humiliation at Everton.

Keane told Sky Sports: “He (Solskjaer) will be hoping for a reaction. Whether he expects it or not, I don’t know. People are saying it’s the ideal game for them, I’m not so sure. I’d be thinking a game against Huddersfield would be better!

“These are the same players that threw Mourinho under the bus and they’ll do exactly the same to Ole. Leopards don’t change their spots. The standards have dropped at United over the last few years, both on and off the pitch.

“You can’t change 11 players, though I’m sure he was tempted. He’ll be looking for a reaction. It’s going to be a tough night for United.

“There’s a big question mark over a lot of these players and now Ole. The pressure will be building on Ole.”

Keane also commented on Pogba’s exclusive interview with Sky Sports in which the France World Cup winner claimed the performance was “disrespectful”.

“I wish I knew [what went wrong]. It was the details, the desire, we spoke about courage and everything we had when the manager came,” Pogba told Sky Sports’ Laura Woods.

“What we had there, it was just like another team and this is not good. It is not good for Man United, for the story of the club or for the fans. It is not good at all what we did. Losing a game is something really bad that we don’t want to when we are in the race for the top four and losing 4-0 as well.

“Not to be disrespectful and I am not disrespectful on Everton, but the way we played and the performance of myself, of the team, of everyone is disrespectful. We didn’t respect ourselves, the club or the fans.


Asked about the comments, Keane cast doubt on the sincerity of Pogba’s words,

Keane said: “I wouldn’t believe a word he says. No meaning behind it. I don’t even think he believed what he was saying there. He’s a big problem. He plays for himself.

“It’s not up to the manager to motivate the players. You have to motivate yourself. At Manchester United you have to be up for every game. The fact that Ole has had to talk about it in the days afterwards, he must be hugely embarrassed.”

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