Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane has labeled Manchester United’s defence as “absolutely disgraceful” following their 2-1 home defeat to Arsenal on Monday night. Despite the result he felt that Louis Van Gaal is the right man to lead United forward.
The Dutchman’s hope of a silverware in his first season with United was dashed as the Red Devils were knocked out in the quarter finals of the FA cup at Old Trafford. With the title beyond the reach for the Reds, the only consolation from the season for United will be nothing but a top four finish.
As a BBC TV pundit, Keane was less than sympathetic to United’s rear-guard, suggesting they were responsible for giving away two soft goals to gift the visitors their victory. “It’s absolutely disgraceful. Schoolboy errors and that’s what costs your team,” said Keane.
“Big moments in a football match and if you give Arsenal, with the quality that they have, that type of freedom that’s what happens. It was too easy, shocking. Absolutely disgraceful” stated the Irishman who won 13 major honors in his time at United.
He also credited Gunners for the victory. “I think Arsenal deserved it when you consider the shocking defending from the Reds. United as the home team needed to do a bit more and whatever happened at half-time, they never got going in the second half.”
Keane was rightly frustrated with both the goals United conceded on the night. “I was critical of the first goal, but the second goal was even worse. United needed to do more, they never got going in the second half, so I don’t begrudge Arsenal the win.”
“There is a time to play and a time not to – Phil Jones should have cleared it. Valencia, of course, compounded his first half error. I think the keeper can sacrifice and take Danny [Welbeck] out of the game. He would get sent off but he could have made the sacrifice and now they are out of the FA Cup.”
No wonder Keane was terribly disappointed with United’s defence, as the former midfield dynamo would die in the pitch for the team. But, seeing the way the present defence falling like a pack of cards, Keane was rightly disappointed. “I’m looking at it in terms of the defending and character and putting your body on the line. The lads have just downed tools there” he said.
However he suggested that Van Gaal should be given the time which David Moyes was not offered. “Louis van Gaal’s going to be criticised after the game, but you’ve got to give him a chance. It takes time, he’s only been in the door five minutes. A lot of fans don’t understand the game and how much of a challenge it is to run a club the size of Manchester United. They should’ve given David Moyes more time [last season], but they didn’t.”