Former Manchester United skipper Roy Keane is of the belief that Manchester United could find it hard to make the PL top four following their disappointing start to the new campaign.
Manchester United couldn’t put an end to the poor start as they crumbled to a 1-0 defeat by Arsenal at Old Trafford enabling the Gunners their first win at the theater of dreams for the first time in 14 years.
United are placed 15th place on the log, having won only two of their opening six matches in the premiere league.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after his first full season in charge of the Red Devils looked forward his side to joining the title race but as it seems now they might even be struggling to make it to europe.
Keane opines that United are not one of the bests in terms of their performances and claims that they could find it very hard to make the top four if tides don’t change ASAP.
In his post match comments on Sky Sports, Keane said: “For Ole, his spell here, I think last year you’re thinking they finished the season strongly, three semi-finals. But three semi-finals is not good enough for Manchester United.
“And we’re building this season up to be make or break for Ole. And at this moment in time it’s not looking good for him.
“He talks about the players, we forgive players for most things, making mistakes or having an off day. But when you listen to a manager and he’s talking about, ‘we didn’t start well’ and ‘enthusiasm’, I scratch my head at players who don’t have enthusiasm for a game of football.
“They spoke about the game during the week [as an excuse for the defeat], Champions League games are chalk and cheese in terms of what a Premier League challenge brings you.
“So the fact when players don’t turn up [against Arsenal] and don’t have a go until the end when the race is almost over, they’ll have that now with this league campaign.
“I never thought for one minute they’ll be challenging Liverpool and Man City but the way they’ve started this, the top four even seems out of reach.
“And at this early stage sometimes you say, ‘there’s no need to panic’, but the results and the performances suggest they should be panicking because it’s not been good enough.
“He [Solskjaer] says they are a good boys and they want to win. I judge players by their actions, we don’t see this from this group of players, we just don’t see it, my eyes don’t lie to me.
“I’d love to be sitting here saying, ‘they look like a great bunch of lads, they’ll bounce back, close football is all about disappointments’.
“But this group, their last huge disappointment was only three or four weeks ago against Spurs, it wasn’t three or four months ago where you think, ‘they’ll win their next 10 or 15 games’.
“This team reacts for a few weeks, then gets carried away with themselves and think, ‘we’re a team now’.”
Manchester United play Turkish champions Istanbul Basaksehir in tonight’s UEFA Champions League at home.
The Red Devils then go to the Merseyside to face Carlo Ancelotti led side Everton on Sunday.