When Manchester United can't defend themselves, they call on their wives and girlfriends to do it for them, as MIchael Carrick's wife, Lisa demonstrated perfectly last night.

Following the Manchester United shock 2-0 defeat to Olympiacos, ITV pundit Roy Keane had no qualms with letting the team know how disgusted he was at the performance of his former team.

Singling out Carrick and his post-match interview, Keane said on ITV: "That interview was just like their performance – flat."

"I want [Carrick] to say something.

"Say a bit more - a bit more urgency in his interview - it just reflected United's performance tonight - flat, no urgency.

"They keep saying 'oh well, next game, next game', but for some of them there won't be another game. That’s the reality of it."

After a series of disappointing results it would be hard for the Manchester United midfielder to defend himself but that didn't stop his wife trying to do it for him, leading to an x-rated rant on social media site Twitter.

Responding to the former Old Trafford captain, Lisa tweeted: "Roy Keane what a **** says anything to provoke a reaction .. That's all .. Done .."

Quickly thinking better of her reaction, the tweet was quickly deleted from her timeline but not before half of the world's media had picked it up.

The now infamous interview that Keane was referring to was Carrick admitting that the Red Devils would struggle to overturn the 2-0 deficit at Old Trafford.

"It's hugely disappointing but we feel like we're still in with a chance going back to Old Trafford,' he said on ITV. 'We've lost a game we came here hoping to win and haven't done that. We're not out of tie by all means, but it's not ideal."

Asked what the problem was, he said: I'm not sure. We had good possession in the first half. We had control of the game without penetrating their line, but at same time they weren't causing us any problems.

"The goals came from nothing, but it obviously puts them in a great position. We didn't start the second half very well. A bit sloppy really."

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