Manchester United 'need six top-quality players', fumes Keane

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Manchester United were embarrassed in Greece.
Manchester United were embarrassed in Greece..

Roy Keane was visibly fuming after Manchester United fell to an embarrassing defeat to Olympiacos in the Champions League last night, with the former Red Devils legend stating his belief that the club require the addition of 'six top-quality players'.

Goals from Alejandro Dominguez and Arsenal loanee Joel Campbell secured a comfortable and fully deserved 2-0 win for the Greek champions at Karaiskakis Stadium as the visitors floundered and only managed to register one solitary shot on target during a game that many had expected them to win comfortably.

Manchester United's dire performance drew a typically angry and honest reaction from Keane, who was certainly not afraid to criticise the performance of a team he served with distinction until a slightly acrimonious departure in 2005.

"I don't think any of us could have predicted that," he said in his role as an ITV pundit in an analysis that was quoted by The Daily Mirror.

"They (United) just never turned up. They (Olympiacos) were very, very good and technically they were better than United tonight."

Keane, who won a plethora of silverware at Manchester United including seven Premier League titles, one Champions League and four FA Cups, appears to believe that the problems at Old Trafford stem from a lack of quality in some areas of the squad.

"There's a number of things: new manager, new ideas. United have missed out on some players over the past two years.There's some players playing tonight for Man United who just aren't showing enough quality."

The former Republic of Ireland stalwart, never one to shy away from a fight during his own time at the club, believes Manchester United need to make significant additions to the squad in order to rectify their problems.

"I think United need six top quality players. I would think David Moyes has been shocked. I think when he went into United in the summer he probably looked at the players and was expecting great things. Privately, he's probably been shocked at the lack of quality he's working with," he added.

Manchester United have time to re-group from this defeat. With no Premier League fixture on the horizon this weekend due to Sunday's Capital One Cup final, Moyes' men are not back in action until they travel to West Brom on March 8.

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