Roy Keane blasted Manchester United following their 2-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday evening.
Pape Matar Sarr broke the deadlock a few minutes into the second half, while a late Lisandro Martinez own goal shattered all hopes of a comeback.
Former midfield general Keane did not mince his words while criticising the United players.
He told Sky Sports: “I think Manchester United are the new Spurs. Desperate.
“The biggest insult – I always think about teams that can’t do it away from home or players who aren’t up for it away from home.
“They’re bringing on [Anthony] Martial, they’re bringing on these players, you might as well bring on Frank Stapleton and Norman Whiteside!
“Martial is not going to get you out of trouble. (Marcus) Rashford played through the middle again – he’s like a child up there.
“He’s obviously not happy playing through the middle and his body language – his first few touches suggest he’s thinking ‘I don’t want to play up through the middle’.
“But you have to do a job for the team tonight.
“You’re looking at our captain tonight, the senior players who are established, international players.
“It’s easy to play against them – that’s the biggest insult I can give to these United players.”
Roy Keane is right to rip apart Man United players
The Red Devils endured a below-average pre-season and have started the new campaign poorly.
They were lucky to beat Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League curtain-raiser. If not for some woeful finishing by Wolves, United would have zero points.
Man United went toe-to-toe with Spurs in the first half. They arguably had better chances to break the deadlock but fumbled in front of the goal.
Their lack of ruthlessness in the final third is a problem carried over from the previous campaign.
Rashford is leading the line even when his favoured position is from the left.
The England international is not good at holding the ball up and is most effective when he takes on the defenders.
United need Rasmus Hojlund in the starting XI.
They cannot keep waste gilt-edged chances as Bruno Fernandes did in the first half.
Luke Shaw delivered a delightful cross to find United’s captain, who fired his header over the bar from six yards.
Erik ten Hag needs to find rhythm in his attack rather than solely depending on transitions to score goals.
If the Red Devils do not improve soon, their chances of mounting a title challenge will be over.
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