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Roy Keane slams “not athletic” Manchester United after latest Erik ten Hag banishment



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Roy Keane has bashed Manchester United for not being “athletic enough” following their 2-2 draw against Tottenham Hotspur.

Manchester United got their 2024 Premier League year off to a mediocre start after Erik ten Hag’s men drew 2-2 with Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.

Goals from Marcus Rashford and Rasmus Højlund were not enough to secure all three points, with the club failing to cling on to their winning positions twice.

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Anthony Martial, who has not been in the squad for the last month due to “illness” has now been banished from first-team training after failing to get up to fitness again, which times well for Roy Keane.

Speaking on the Stick to Football podcast, Keane explained that he feels United are not fit and athletic enough as a team.

“They don’t really play as a team I don’t know if they (the players) are just taking on the manager’s ideas,” Keane said. “When you look at Manchester United, we say it every week, you don’t know what you are going to get.

“I watched their game last week against Wigan Athletic and you’re thinking, they’ll certainly dominate Wigan and score four, five goals and even then, they had to get a penalty to get over the line. They weren’t great in possession.

“The other night, against Spurs, you look at the second goal, just one or two passes, and it was a goal. It’s as if they are not athletic enough – and I think there’s obviously an element of fear from the team, they go, we are better sitting in.

“And there is nothing wrong with sitting in if you are doing brilliant going forward, but they are not scoring the goals to back that up.

“They are stuck between a rock and a hard place because, again, you are Manchester United; the onus is even when you’re at home, flex your muscles, and more importantly, put fear in their opponents’ mindsets, but teams are playing Manchester United now, and there is no fear anymore. I think teams are going to Old Trafford now and enjoying it!”