Louis van Gaal is facing a fresh wave of criticism following the Red Devil’s shock exit from the Champions League on Tuesday night.
Manchester United, the 20-time English champions were humiliated by a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Bundesliga outfit Wolfsburg in Germany despite Anthony Martial giving United an early lead.
Now former United captain Keane, who won Champions League with United at Camp Nou in 1999, blasted the performance of van Gaal’s men in their recent defeat.
However, Keane didn’t just point the finger of blame at manager Louis van Gaal, who has been heavily criticised by a section of United fans following the defeat in Germany, but slammed the players also.
“The manager is getting a lot of criticism and a lot of the players are hiding behind that,” Keane was frustrated when talking to ITV Sport.
“People talking about the tactics and the systems. Forget about tactics and systems when you look at the goals they conceded. That was just about players not doing their jobs.
“It was a disaster for them last night when you consider the goals they gave away. It’s about passion, desire; you are a Man Utd player. Carrick’s an experienced player; he should get a hold of his man and say ‘we are not conceding’.
“At Man Utd, you need certain characters and they are lacking characters more than anything else.”
“If you look at the recruitment they’ve thrown real money at it, but there’s no special players at the moment. With Man United there’s always one of two special players who produce.
The Red Devils will now drop down to the Europa League after their Wolfsburg humiliation. The former Red Devils captain was also furious about the club’s lack of progress in. Europe.
“There’s been an improvement in the league, but in Europe there have been no steps forward despite the money invested.
“It’s not about throwing money at the club, at Man United you need certain characters and they seem to be lacking characters over anything else.”
The Red Devils will now feature among the 32 teams in Monday’s draw for Europa League.
Manchester United are domestically in fourth position and three points adrift surprise Premier League leaders Leicester City following a goalless draw with West Ham United at Old Trafford in their last league outing.
Van Gaal’s men will now make the long trip to Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth who defeated Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.
United’s next six league fixtures are all against sides in the bottom half of the points table, even if the list includes defending champions Chelsea, while they welcome third-tier Sheffield United in the FA Cup third round clash.
It certainly gives van Gaal a chance to get his men back on the track, while January transfer window brings more possibility of adding reinforcements to a team that is right now missing many senior players through injury.
To add to the club’s miseries, Arsenal and Chelsea whos qualification to the next round was under doubts, comfortably went past their opponents and sailed to the round of 16.