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Roy Keane Names Three Players Holding Manchester United Back From Premier League Title

Ryan Sidle

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Roy Keane Names Three Players Holding Manchester United Back From Premier League Title

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Roy Keane thinks that Manchester United can't win the Premier League this season, despite their 'fantastic' signings, because of three players currently in their squad.


United kicked off the season in excellent fashion on Saturday, with Bruno Fernandes' hat-trick providing the base for their 5-1 smashing of rivals Leeds United.

Ahead of the game, the hosts presented brand new signing Raphael Varane, whose move from Real Madrid was only made official moments before.

They also got to see their first experience of Jadon Sancho as a United player, after his huge summer move, coming on after they'd scored their five goals.

Despite all the positives though, Keane believes that there are three players stopping his former club taking the next step, even though one of them scored on Saturday.

"I still have my doubts with United. The couple of signings they’ve made are fantastic, there’s no doubting the quality they’ve got in, but I’m worried definitely about the middle of the park and I’m still not convinced about the right-back," the Irishman said on Sky Sports' 'The Overlap.'

"But I think the signings have been good and I still feel United will pull something out of the bag over the next few weeks. I still think they need someone in the middle of the park.

"They’ve got Fred obviously, Scott McTominay is a good young player who is improving. There’s talk of United changing system and going to a 4-3-3. The middle of the park worries me for United.

"I think they need to get one in. I think for Ole it’s about shifting people on as well, sometimes you are waiting for a couple of players to go out because United have a lot [of deadwood], Jesse Lingard and players like that in the background. They have to shift them on, they’re not the answer.

"If you ask me if I think Jesse Lingard is going to get United back challenging for titles, the answer is no. And I’ll say the same for Fred and maybe McTominay.

Fred scores the fifth for United. Image: PA Images
Fred scores the fifth for United. Image: PA Images

"I think McTominay is a good, young player, I’d persevere with him, but the proof is in the pudding. I see Fred every week, I can’t see it with Fred. Ole likes him and he’s the manager, but I can’t see it.

"I think the right-back is probably not good enough for Man United. And these are good players, but if you’re talking about winning titles they’ve come up short over the last few years.

"Man United, to me, need someone in midfield – but again that’s huge money and I think they’ll need to shift a few players on."

McTominay impressed against Leeds. Image: PA Images
McTominay impressed against Leeds. Image: PA Images

United have been linked with both a right back and a defensive midfielder this season, so Solskjaer doesn't fully disagree with his former teammate.

The Norwegian however was full of praise for McTominay after Saturday's game. Scott is a beast physically," Solskjaer said after the game.

"He can run all day and now he's a proper man out there. I thought he was excellent."

Topics: Football, Premier League, Manchester United, Roy Keane

Ryan Sidle
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