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Roy Keane has given Man Utd a harsh reality check despite Sevilla draw

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What would ITV's Champions League highlights be without Roy Keane?

Love him or hate him, the Manchester United legend is about as brutally honest as sports pundit can possibly get and he certainly doesn't mince his words. Every Champions League night, Lee Dixon becomes a viewer like the rest of us whenever his colleague begins to speak.

And you just knew he'd have an opinion on United's 0-0 draw with Sevilla, which has certainly divided opinion amongst fans and pundits alike.

Some consider it a tactical masterstroke by Jose Mourinho ahead of the return leg in Old Trafford, while others considered it a thoroughly negative and risky approach.

Even the Special One himself reflected that undecided atmosphere, reflecting:  "I’m not happy, I’m not unhappy. It’s a result that leaves everything open to the second leg.

Mixed feelings after drawing with Sevilla

"In the second leg we don’t need to make an amazing result of winning by two or three goals, we just need to win. I know that is difficult, I know that Sevilla has experience and quality but it’s a match at Old Trafford to decide the result."

What about Keane, though, was there a furious polemic on United's defensive football or a systematic roasting of Paul Pogba? In short, no.

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Keane felt the game was representative of deeper-lying, short-term problems at the club that can be traced back to Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement.

The Irishman was under no illusion that the Red Devils secured a decent result, but knows the club as a whole is still 'damaged' and 'in recovery' from the reigns of David Moyes and Louis van Gaal.

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It's frighteningly true and even Mourinho hasn't saved United after their fall from such dizzying heights. Check out Keane laying down the law on his old side below:

His verdict on the result can be seen as positive, but only given the context of United now.

In other words, Keane would have a far harsher verdict if it was a peak Ferguson team grinding out a goalless draw in Spain.

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Nevertheless, the Irishman is keen to outline that United are a shadow of those old teams and that losing arguably the greatest manager of all time can create damage at least five years in length.

They're undoubtedly on the road to recovery yet there's still a long, long way to go.

Do you think Man Utd are still recovering from Fergie's retirement? Have your say in the comments section below.

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