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Roy Keane Rips Into Lingard And Rashford After Anfield Horror Show

Roy Keane Rips Into Lingard And Rashford After Anfield Horror Show
By Eoin Harrington Updated

Roy Keane is no stranger to a rant about Manchester United but, on Tuesday night, he said he was "more sad than angry" after the team's 4-0 loss at Anfield.

The 4-0 loss to Liverpool saw United fail to register a shot in the first half, and Liverpool win the second half 2-0 despite lifting off the gas for the best part of half an hour.

Keane appeared on Sky Sports alongside Graeme Souness and, in his post match analysis, singled out Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard for criticism, as well as the departing United players.

Roy Keane slams United after limp Anfield performance

It's a mark of how Manchester United's season has fallen apart that they were arguably worse at Anfield on Tuesday night than they were in the 5-0 loss at Old Trafford in October.

Roy Keane has been a regular critic of United this season, particularly the struggling Harry Maguire, and the lack of grit in midfield. On Tuesday night, however, he saved his strongest words for Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford.

He slammed the performance of Lingard, as well as his fellow forward Marcus Rashford, who has suffered a shocking drop in form this season. He went on to question why players who are out of contract were continuing to play, and ripped apart the performances of recent weeks:

We talk about having all the talent in the world...they're not as talented as they think.

Jesse Lingard's coming on to try and save Man United - Jesse Lingard should have left Man United two years ago. He's not good enough. Rashford played like a child up front.

There's six or seven who have already left the building. They're gone. You can tell. Particularly lads whose contracts are up, and they're not going to stay - they've already left, you can tell by their performances.

Even the manager, the staff, they're on their holidays, they're switched off.

Roy Keane was captain of Manchester United's most successful side during the late 1990s and early 2000s. The Irishman played in great teams alongside the likes of David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Andy Cole, and young iterations of Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney.

On Tuesday night, Keane bemoaned the state of the club, simply stating that the current team show none of the values that any United teams he played in held dear.

It was anger earlier in the season. Now, I think, it's just sadness. There's no heart there, there's no soul, there's no leaders. They lack real quality, they're so far off it.

There's disarray at the club from the top, from the board, the fans have no time for the owners, they need a new manager, they need players in, they need players out.

It's so sad to see United - it's not the club I played for, it doesn't reflect what Man United stood for when I played for them. It's chalk and cheese, there's no players out there fighting, playing with pride.

There's no surprise at the result, the scoreline. Over the two games it's nine against Liverpool.

From the top, you look at the manager situation, the recruitment, they are so far off it. They're the opposite to what you'd want in a top team. There's no leadership there, no characters. When the going gets tough, they just crumble.

It's a long way back for this club.

The situations at Liverpool and Manchester United could not be more different. With Liverpool vying for trophies on four fronts, and continuing to ace their recruitment, times are good on the red half of Merseyside.

For the red half of Manchester, however, even fourth place now seems out of reach, and it's hard to remember the last time the team played well for a full 90 minutes.

The days of Roy Keane's Manchester United are long gone, and it seems like it will be a long time before they return again.

SEE ALSO: Watch: Liverpool Fans Sing YNWA For Grieving Cristiano Ronaldo

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