Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane has slammed current players at the club after a poor season which saw them finish seventh in the league, the Telegraph
Keane has been far from complimentary about his former side this season, and has delivered a damning assessment of their current playing.
The Ireland coach singled out England squad members Phil Jones and Chris Smalling – claiming he would not have been surprised if they missed out on the squad this year, and stating they had ‘gone backwards’.
Keane said: “We were told two or three years ago Jones was going to be the new Duncan Edwards, Smalling was this….
“I’ve watched United live nine, 10 times this year and they have been none of those things. If anything, I think they have gone backwards.
“Jones needs to toughen up. Every time I see him, he is getting carried off. He’s got to toughen up – he’s playing for Man United.”
Michael Carrick has only been put on stand by for the squad should someone pick up an injury, and Keane believes that the player himself wouldn’t have been surprised to miss out on a place.
When summing up the current squad, the Irishman refused to blame sacked manager David Moyes and insisted that the new manager, whoever it may be, would need a new central defender and ‘five or six players’ in total.
He added: “You’re on about players who have not performed – [Antonio] Valencia, [Ashley] Young, Nani, Carrick. You shouldn’t be afraid of rebuilding.”