United were lacklustre — Ex-United skipper

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 22: Fred (C) of Manchester United looks dejected with Harry Maguire (L) of Manchester United after West Ham's second goal during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Manchester United at London Stadium on September 22, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Henry Browne/Getty Images)

Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane has stressed his disappointment on the team’s outing against the Hammers on Sunday.

He alongside some Manchester United greats have expressed shock at United’s pitiable and lacklustre display against West Ham which sees them place 8th on the log thanks to goals from Andriy Yarmolenko and Aaron Cresswell to give the Hammers a resounding victory.
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speaking on Super Sunday studio, Keane said “I don’t know where to start,” he said. “I was shocked and saddened by how bad they were.
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“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.”

Former United boss Jose Mourinho had earlier echoed Keane’s words and admitted he did not have anything good to say about the visitors’ performance.

“I can’t find any positives,” Mourinho said.

“We were bad last season, but I don’t see any improvement this season – even with three new players (Harry Maguire, Dan James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka).

“I have to say, players with a positive impact. I like the three and I think they’re bringing good quality to the team. But the team, as a team, I don’t like at all. I’m not surprised by the result and I don’t think Ole can take many positives from the game.”

Manchester United have won just two of their opening six premier league matches, having drawn two and lost two, a form which sees them ten points adrift league leaders Liverpool and will take on the Gunners next in the league without some key members of the squad.

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