Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane took a shot at Michael Carrick and warned that some players will have no future at the club after the Red Devils suffered a painful 2-0 Champions League defeat to Olympiacos.
Keane also claimed manager David Moyes would have been "shocked at the lack of quality" in the team he inherited from Sir Alex Ferguson last summer, and ridiculed the theory that the Premier League is the strongest in the world.
Speaking on ITV, Keane reacted sharply to a post-match interview from Carrick, who succeeded him in the United midfield in the mid-2000s, in which his demeanour appeared jolted by what he had experienced.
"That interview was just like the performance: flat. He should say a bit more, have a bit more urgency even in his interview," Keane said.
"That just reflected United's performance tonight: flat, with no urgency.
"They keep saying, 'Ah, well, next game, next game'. For some of them there won't be another game for them. That's the reality."
Manchester United player ratings v Olympiakos
Manchester United player ratings v Olympiakos
1/12 David de Gea 5/10
Spaniard had little to do before being wrong-footed by Dominguez’s improvised flick. Slow to get across for Campbell’s second.
2/12 Chris Smalling 5/10
Again deployed at right-back and again looked ill at ease throughout. Troubled by Greek side’s pace and movement – and also the pitch.
3/12 Nemanja Vidic 5/10
A towering presence at the back in the opening exchanges but unable to do much with either goal. Must feel his exit cannot come soon enough.
4/12 Rio Ferdinand 5/10
Advancing years were shown up as he allowed Dominguez through for first and could only watch Campbell’s shot swerve round him for the second
5/12 Patrice Evra 5/10
Harshly booked in the opening minutes. His header out led to the opening goal. Spent most of the evening engaged in defensive matters.
6/12 Antonio Valencia 5/10
Has endured an inconsistent campaign – and United career – and unable to provide attacking spark. Subbed for Danny Welbeck with half an hour left.
7/12 Michael Carrick 6/10
Careful as ever with his passing but even that deserted him as United faded. Woefully weak in the challenge as Campbell went past him for the second
8/12 Tom Cleverley 5/10
Restored to starting line-up after missing weekend win at Palace but unable to make any impact. Careless in possession and taken off on hour mark.
9/12 Ashley Young 6/10
Impact increased after slow start but unable to use his footwork to great effect. Kept on till the end, though – more than can be said for some of his colleagues.
10/12 Wayne Rooney 6/10
Left frustrated at lack of movement and service to front line. Dropped back into midfield in attempt to have more influence. Nothing changed.
11/12 Robin van Persie 5/10
Received precious little service and was clattered by Roberto. Reduced to feeding off long balls. Blazed over inside the area with goal at his mercy.
12/12 Best of the bench: Danny Welbeck 6/10
Came on for Valencia after an hour as United desperately searched for an away goal. Toiled away on left-hand side to little overall reward.
Keane was an onfield motivator in his playing days but he fears there is insufficient quality in the current United squad to make a serious impact in European football.
"I don't think any of us could have predicted that," he said after United's miserable surrender in the Athens district of Piraeus.
"They (United) just never turned up.
"They (Olympiacos) were very, very good and technically they were better than United tonight."
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Pressed on where United's problems this season have arisen from, Keane said: "There's a number of things: new manager, new ideas. United have missed out on some players over the past two years.
"There's some players playing tonight for Man United who just aren't showing enough quality."
He added: "I think United need six top quality players.
"I would think David Moyes has been shocked. I think when he went into United in the summer he probably looked at the players and was expecting great things.
"Privately he's probably been shocked at the lack of quality that he's working with."
United, Manchester City and Arsenal have all now suffered 2-0 first-leg defeats in the last 16, with Chelsea looking to avoid suffering such a disappointing outcome when they face Galatasaray on Wednesday.
Keane claims expectation of Premier League success in Europe is misguided.
"We've been brainwashed by this 'Premier League is the best league in the world' (talk)," Keane said.
"Nonsense. It's the best brand, but we've seen over the past few weeks with a lot of the English teams struggling that these teams have fallen behind the top teams in Europe, and United in particular."
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