Roy Keane has once again slammed Manchester United’ s defence, insisting there are no leaders in their back four or in the dressing room.
United have endured a torrid start to the new season, losing all but one of their three league fixtures.
The Red Devils’ defence has well and truly been exposed in those three matches, in which they’ve conceded a whopping 12 goals.
Six of those goals came in United’s embarrassing 6-1 defeat to Tottenham earlier this month, a loss which has heaped further pressure on captain Harry Maguire and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Keane has been less than impressed by what he’s seen of his old side this season and attributes their woeful defending to a worrying lack of strong-willed individuals in the dressing room.
Speaking after England’s Nations League defeat to Denmark on Wednesday night, in which Red Devils skipper Maguire was sent off shortly after the half-hour mark, Keane said: “You have to play.
“The only downside for Maguire, at the moment, for me, he’s going back to a Man Utd team that’s not full of confidence. Certainly, the back four is not in great form.
“I’ve been in situations before, I’ve been in Harry’s situation, I’ve been in dressing rooms at Man United’s.
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“But I was in dressing rooms with brilliant characters and brilliant leaders. So even if had done something silly or was having a hard time, on or off the pitch, I was going back into – [what] I felt [was] the best dressing room in the world.
“Lads who would carry you through difficult spells. He’s not going to get that.
“He’s going back to Man United, he’s playing in the back four – I wouldn’t be anywhere near these lads. Because I don’t see them as leaders.”
Maguire, the world’s most expensive defender, turned in a nightmare display in England’s 1-0 loss to the Danes.
The 27-year-old was sent off moments after the half-hour mark after picking up a second booking for a clumsy tackle on Kasper Dolberg.
The former Leicester City man’s dismissal perfectly encapsulates how his season – which has been dominated by talk of his arrest and conviction for aggravated assault in Greece – has gone so far.
Maguire and his Manchester United team-mates will be back in action on Saturday afternoon, travelling to St James’ Park to take on Newcastle.