Roy Keane has insisted that Liverpool could have scored eight or nine goals over two legs against Manchester United.
Jurgen Klopp's side eliminated the Red Devils in the Europa League at Old Trafford last night after securing an emphatic 3-1 aggregate victory.
A sublime finish from Philippe Coutinho settled the tie, and, despite United chief Louis van Gaal insisting that he was proud of his side following the 1-1 draw on the night, Keane has suggested that there was a lack of quality on show.
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In fact, the club's former skipper believes that the players look as if they 'are shrinking with the jersey on'.
Following the game, Keane stated, as per The Sun: “I am really saddened by what I’ve seen at United over the last year or two. It’s like a bunch of strangers have been thrown together.
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Keane hits out at United
“Where do you start with United? There was no quality on show, no real power or strength.
“Liverpool were by far the better team. If they were clinical in both legs, they could have scored eight or nine. I don’t think United’s players believed they could turn it around.
“When I played for United and put the jersey on, I always felt two feet taller. I see some of the players now and they are shrinking with the jersey on. Where are the leaders in this group?”
Following their Europa League exit, it's crucial that they deliver the required response this weekend. The Manchester derby represents the perfect fixture for the club to prove their credentials.
Despite being away from home, it's a must that they claim all three points. As it stands, United have an outside chance of securing a place in next season's Champions League - Van Gaal's side currently sit in sixth place in the league - but a win at the Etihad will ensure that they are back in the running to claim a spot in the top four.
Ultimately, though, it won't be easy; Manchester City may well be struggling themselves but should be motivated to get back to winning ways against their rivals.
United were better against Liverpool last night - they couldn't have performed any worse following the first leg - but they are still a long way off their former selves.
In truth, Keane's comments appear slightly harsh, but, to an extent, he is correct. This Manchester United side just aren't good enough and the dynamic at the club has to change sooner rather than later.
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