Manchester United legend lays into Moyes' squad

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Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane tore into the state of David Moyes' squad last night, saying they weren't up to the standards required at the Old Trafford club.

Keane was in his regular role as an ITV pundit for Manchester United's Champions League group clash with Shakhtar Donetsk - a match the Ukrainian side needed to win to progress to the knockout stages.

It looked as though Mircea Lucescu's side could do it in the first half, as the two of their Brazilians, Alex Teixeira and Fred, both missed glorious chances to take the lead after mistakes by the Manchester United defence.

Ashley Young missed a golden opportunity to give the Red Devils the lead in the first half, opting to attempt a difficult lob over squaring to Wayne Rooney , and the misfiring winger's entire career at Old Trafford was questioned by Keane at half time with the score still goalless.

"There has been no reaction from the United players from the disappointment of last week. They don't look like a team, just a collection of individuals running around," he said.

"You can defend players for making mistakes but you cannot defend players for not tackling and not getting close to people.

"They (United) had a couple of good chances through Ashley Young towards the end of the first half. He should certainly hit the target. I think it sums up his time at Man United - just not good enough.

"David Moyes took the heat off the players before the game by saying it is his responsibility but we are talking about experienced players. 

"Rio Ferdinand's decision making, the chances he has taken, it is ridiculous. It is like his debut tonight.

"As we said before the game, there are big question marks over the manager and the players. That for Manchester United is certainly not good enough."

Keane's scathing assessment of his former side came on an evening where a special show about his rivalry with former Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira, aired on ITV4 after the match had finished, where he also had strong words for Sir Alex Ferguson.

Manchester United eventually prevailed 1-0 thanks to a goal from Phil Jones, but the overall performance by Moyes' side was likely not to have been convincing enough to change Keane's assessment.

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