Roy Keane believes Manchester United have "cut corners" in the transfer market
Tell us what you really think Roy...
Never one to hold back from giving his strongly-opinionated opinion, Roy Keane this morning offered his (surprisingly positive) thoughts on what he thinks has gone wrong for Manchester United this season.
The former Man United captain and current Republic of Ireland Assistant Manager was giving an interview to ITV Sport and explained that he really isn't surprised by how his former club have fared so far this season.
The Champions are currently sitting in seventh place after suffering a home draw to bottom-of-the-table Fulham at the weekend and Keane now believes that "Man United need five or six players."
He went on to say, "if it happens in the summer then instead of being fearful of it, embrace it - it’s exciting. These can be exciting times for Man United. Get them back to the very top where they belong. They’ve kind of cut corners in terms of transfers in the last few years, they’ve not gone out and got the big players, and it’s just caught up with them this year.”
Following on from the so-far disappointing contribution from new signing Marouane Fellaini, January's business for Spanish superstar Juan Mata has been the one of the few shining lights in a dark season so far for United fans. Keane believes that the current squad still has some fight left in them, however, as "there’s always something to play for."
He continued, "you’ve always got to win your next football match so if you’re telling me in January that your season is over, or when the Champions League starts, that’s nonsense. You’re playing for pride, you’re playing for points, and United if they do go out of the Champions League still want to get in it next year.
“I think beating Olympiacos will be the priority. On form at this moment in time you have to say the Champions League is a long way off for Manchester United. But lots will change over the next few months. I think United will beat Olympiacos,” Keane explained. “They’ll have Rooney, Van Persie back after injuries. At this moment in time, would I fancy United for the Champions League? Probably not. But they’re still a threat, they’re still there. Big team, big players and in a couple of months’ time when the big players are back up to speed with their fitness United will be a dangerous team.”
David Moyes' men face high-flying Arsenal at The Emirates tomorrow evening, where both clubs will be desperate for three points following on from their poor results at the weekend.
JOE smells a cracker of a game coming up...