Roy Keane launches astonishing tirade towards ‘cry babies’ in Manchester United squad for not fighting for the shirt


The former Red Devils captain was keen to stress he was not directing his anger towards Paul Pogba

Roy Keane has passionately hit out of the current Manchester United squad, calling them ‘cry babies’ for not fighting for the jersey.

The former Red Devils captain is the third club legend to take aim at the club, with Paul Scholes and Brian McClair each taking turns to slam the club and Jose Mourinho.

Keane has taken aim at his former club

Keane has taken aim at his former club

The United boss could only watch on despondently as his side were held at Old Trafford by Valencia in their first Champions League home game of the season.

While results have been poor, it is arguably the quality of performances which have incensed fans and pundits alike.

Lucrative January signing Alexis Sanchez gave the ball away 26 times on Tuesday, while Paul Pogba’s attitude and desire has also been questioned.

Never one to shy away, ex-Republic of Ireland enforcer Keane was keen to get his point across and took aim at the whole squad for not showing enough fight for the club.

It was another disappointing night for United on Tuesday

It was another disappointing night for United on Tuesday

“You talk about footballers and managers, not every player is going to get on with their manager and not every manager is going to like every player,” said the 47-year-old to Notts TV.

“But what you do as a footballer, and I’ve had one or two disagreements, when you cross that line you play for your team.

“I don’t care what fallout you’ve had with your manager, I don’t care if you’ve been at each other’s throats. That is part of the industry. People do fall out. Unfortunately when you’re Man United – one of the biggest clubs in the world – things will get exaggerated.

“And if you’re a footballer for Manchester United, you put that jersey on, you walk out and you don’t give 100 per cent because you might be upset with somebody then good luck to Mourinho with this stuff.”

The 47-year-old was known for being a fiery character on the pitch

The 47-year-old was known for being a fiery character on the pitch

Keane then added: “I’m not talking about Pogba. I’m talking about players in general. Players who get upset with a manager or a coaching staff and think ‘I’m not going to train properly because somebody upset me’. There’s a lot of cry babies out there.

“When you walk out on that pitch you’re playing for your pride, you’re playing for your family, you’re playing for your city, whatever it might be. Don’t get that worried about what the manager’s said about you, or the coaching staff, you get out there and play.

“You can follow it up after the match but when the game’s going on liven up. Play with pride, play with energy, play with spirit.

“Hopefully play with a bit of skill. But on your bad days you roll your sleeves up and you fight for that jersey.

“Don’t get distracted by the balloons out there.”

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