Roy Keane 'saddened' by state of Manchester United and says players are 'shrinking' under pressure

The club were dumped out of the Europa League last night by Liverpool

James Orr
Friday 18 March 2016 08:30
Roy Keane speaking on ITV last night
Roy Keane speaking on ITV last night

Manchester United legend Roy Keane has said he is "saddened" by the state of his former team and says the current crop of players are "shrinking" under the pressure.

United's painful season took another blow last night, after they were knocked out of the Europa League by Liverpool, losing 3-1 on aggregate.Louis van Gaal's side are sixth in the Premier League table, four points away from the Champions League places.

"I'm saddened by what I've seen from United over the last year or two. It's like a bunch of strangers have been thrown together," Keane said in his role as a pundit for ITV said.

"When you play for Man United and you put that jersey on, I always felt 10 foot tall but some of these players look like they're shrinking with the jersey on.

"If you're playing for Man United, you've got to deal with that pressure and that expectation. This group of players is certainly struggling. I know they've had injuries and it goes to show how important and fit Wayne Rooney is to this club.

"Where are the characters? Where are the leaders in this group?"

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