Former Manchester United midfielder Roy Keane believes the club will struggle to recruit the players they need this summer because they are not challenging for trophies.
Keane, who was captain of United’s Treble-winning side in 1998/99 and lifted the Premier League trophy as skipper on three other occasions, was scathing in his assessment of the club while appearing as a pundit on Sky Sports for United’s 2-0 defeat by Manchester City on Wednesday.
In typically belligerent fashion, the Irish midfielder questioned whether the club’s hierarchy is up to the task of executing the rebuilt that manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists is needed – and Keane’s former team-mate is not the first manager of the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era to say this.
“The worrying thing for me is that they need two centre-halves and two full-backs,” Keane said on Sky Sports. “That’s four for starters. And who’s making the final decision? You get the impression that there’s chaos in the background.
“I know Ed Woodward gets a lot of criticism, the scouting department – and will Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer] have the final say over [signing] players? I don’t know, because if you speak to the previous managers I’ll bet you that was a big problem for them.
“Also, which players out there, which brilliant players out there that are available will want to come to United? I always thought that when I was a player and up until the last two years, if I spoke to a player who had a chance to go to Man United I would say, ‘you’ve got to go.’
“I don’t care, brilliant club. Absolutely brilliant club. But you’re on about now players wanting to win the big prizes, then you look at Man United. If you’re a top player you will not want to come to Man United because there are better options out there in terms of winning trophies.”
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