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Roy Keane rants over “c**p” Man United FA Cup final decision, demands player reaction



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Roy Keane has ranted about Manchester United’s decision last season to paint the FA Cup final loss as a positive, calling for players to react better this time around.

For the second season in a row, Manchester United and Manchester City will face off in the FA Cup final, with City having been crowned Premier League champions the weekend before.

However, this time around, United’s season has been vastly different from that of last season. The club failed to perform as expected across all competitions, and the FA Cup is now their final chance for both a trophy and qualification to Europe.

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Last season, City emerged triumphant, with İlkay Gündoğan scoring twice to better Bruno Fernandes’ first-half penalty, and many blamed David de Gea for poor goalkeeping as the reason the club lost the final.

Roy Keane, speaking on the Stick to Football podcast, has lamented the reaction to Manchester United this time last season, calling for the players to “turn up and put in a performance” as they head to Wembley once again this weekend.

“The noise coming out from Manchester United last year after they lost the final was that they were almost patting themselves on the back for getting to the final,” Keane said in a well-put rant. “Cut that c**p out – you have to turn up and put in a performance.

“Don’t go down after 15 seconds – give yourself a bit of a chance. The game was over after that – City toyed with them, took their eye off for a little bit and gave them a little bit of encouragement.”

Speaking further, Keane then explained that Neville, who said he would be watching the final from behind a sofa, is a “sad state of affairs”.

“You are saying that you’ll be watching the FA Cup final behind the sofa,” he said, gesturing to Neville. “That’s a sad state of affairs if you feel you can’t watch Manchester United in a cup final – there’s always that hope that they will turn up and produce some sort of performance.

“I look at this Manchester City game over the past few weeks – are they favourites? Of course, but you’ve still got to believe. You have to have some belief in United and that they can turn up at Wembley and produce a performance.”