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Roy Keane agrees with Peter Schmeichel’s latest Man United player criticism



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Roy Keane has agreed with former Manchester United teammate Peter Schmeichel on one of Erik ten Hag’s underperforming players.

The Reds lost 1-0 against Newcastle United on Saturday evening in what was arguably their worst performance of the season.

It was total domination from Eddie Howe’s side throughout the game, and Roy Keane echoed the views of Peter Schmeichel in terms of United striker Anthony Martial.

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The ex-goalkeeper was critical of the Frenchman following United’s draw against Galatasaray in midweek when they gave away a two-goal lead.

“When you’re 2-0 up – and it’s not the first time we’re 2-0 up in this tournament – you kill the game,” he told CBS Sports. “You also have to look at players like when Hojlund came off, a lot of the pressure from the very, very front disappeared.

“The guy (Martial) he (Ten Hag) put in doesn’t do anything, where you had before someone who works really, really hard for the team up front all of a sudden, you don’t have that pressure.”

The 27-year-old was afforded the chance to start in the following game at St James’ Park and was invisible.

Ten Hag was seen berating the forward after he failed to press a run through the middle of the park from Newcastle centre-back Fabian Schär.

Keane mocked the Frenchman’s scoring record whilst claiming that he was unable to hold the ball up for United in a game where they failed to apply any pressure on the hosts.

“I know he’s an easy target, we forgive Martial that he scores a goal every 14 years. I’ll actually forgive a player for that,” started Keane whilst speaking on Sky Sports.

“But let me tell you, when we’re at Newcastle and under pressure, and we put the ball up to you better get hold of that ball, just to get us up the pitch, get some breathing space, maybe win a free-kick.

“And he’s touching balls up and just giving the ball away cheaply and you’re thinking he might as well go down the leagues. Man United were trying to get rid of him a few years ago.”