Manchester United’s Premier League season has been hit and miss. We’ve seen some brilliant displays from the Red Devils recently, but alongside those, there have been some absolutely abysmal performances; like Newcastle away on Sunday.
Jose Mourinho’s men never really got going against The Magpies, and once they went 1-0 down, the loss always looked likely.
Now, speaking about his former team, Roy Keane has had some harsh words for two players, in particular. First up, Paul Pogba. The Irishman has said that the 24-year-old midfielder needs to focus on his football rather than worrying about playing in a two-man midfield or a three-man midfield.
“Any top player should be able to play in a two or a three,” Keane said on ITV, per the Manchester Evening News. “So the guy just needs to do better himself and focus on what the game of football’s all about.”
This is something I wholeheartedly agree with. Pogba is an elite level footballer with the world at his feet. If the Frenchman just focuses on putting in top-class performances, the system shouldn’t be any problem to him.
Then Keano turned his aim to the defence. Although somewhat surprisingly, it wasn’t Phil Jones or Chris Smalling who felt his fiery anger. Actually, it was make-shift left-back Ashley Young who he’s clearly not a fan of.
“I think they’ve not really sorted out the few defensive problems they’ve had over the last few years and that’ll continue, the two centre-halves need to do better.
“I always think if you’ve got Ashley Young in your back four you’re going to struggle.”
I must admit, this criticism seems a little harsh. Youngy has done a brilliant job this term, particularly when it comes to defensive duties. Although it’s likely Luke Shaw’s job in the long-haul, I don’t have any issue with what the former Aston Villa man is doing at this point.