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Roy Keane slams Manchester United players after Champions League failures

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Roy Keane has launched a scathing attack on Manchester United's players after they failed to qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League.

Louis van Gaal's men were the only Premier League team who failed to advance from the group stage following their dramatic 3-2 defeat at Wolfsburg.

But Keane did not pin the blame solely on the Dutch boss, but chose to focus on the players as the Red Devils slipped into the Europa League.


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The Old Trafford legend believes that some of the current squad - while being good players - are not of the calibre to play for a club like Manchester United.

"There're no special players at the moment. With Man United, there's always one of two special players who produce."

On ITV's Champions League highlights show, the Republic of Ireland assistant manager said: "It as a disaster for them, considering the goals they gave away," he said on ITV's Champions League highlight show.

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"Man United have a lot good players, but I don't think they're good enough for Man United. They lack real quality.

"If you look at the recruitment they've thrown real money at it, but there're no special players at the moment. With Man United, there's always one of two special players who produce.

"They lack characters and leaders when you look at the goals they conceded.

"The manager's getting a lot of criticism, but it's about the players as well.

"With the goals they conceded last night from set pieces - forget about tactics or systems, it's just about doing your job.


"They're almost robotic. You talk about tactics and systems, but you need a bit of passion, desire. Show some character.

"There's technically good players, but no passion."


Not only have Manchester United been dumped out of Europe's elite competition, they also have a serious injury crisis on their hands. 

Matteo Darmian and Chris Smalling picked up injuries at the Volkswagen Arena and are doubtful for the trip to Bournemouth at the weekend.

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The Red Devils now have nine first-team players in the treatment room and their defence has been ravaged heading to Dean Court.

Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw and Antonio Valencia are out while Phil Jones is also doubtful for the game on the south coast.

It could prove to be one of the most pivotal games in Van Gaal's tenure as United boss as the pressure is intensifying.


Having gone four games without a win in all competitions, United need to address their poor form and keep themselves in the title race.

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