Roy Keane and Jamie Carragher's heated argument about Man Utd on live TV


Liverpool had the last laugh when they welcomed Manchester United to Anfield on Sunday night.

Virgil van Dijk's early header set the wheels in motion for a 21st victory in 22 games, before Mohamed Salah secured the three points in stoppage time from Alisson Becker's assist.

However, the scoreline doesn't necessarily show how close the game was at points and United, who have impressed in big games this season, had huge opportunities to draw things level.

So, it seems pretty harsh that '#OleOut' was trending on Twitter after the game and the debate as to whether Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should be sacked bled into Sky Sports' live coverage.

During the post-match discussions, a fascinating argument grew between Roy Keane and Jamie Carragher where they thrashed out the prospect of Solskjaer being given more time.

Carragher and Keane's argument

It might come as a surprise to hear that Keane was in support of his former teammate being allowed another year to turns things around, whereas Carragher took a far more cynical outlook.

The conversation which ensured, particularly a two-minute segment, was absolutely box-office television and has spread across social media like wildfire.

It's no wonder comments like 'Keane vs Carragher was better than the actual game!', 'there was nearly a punch-up in the studio!' and 'Carragher with a round one KO on Keane there!' emerged.

We'll let you appreciate the video in all its glory down below, but keep scrolling for the full transcript.

Full transcript

Roy Keane: What about the previous [Man Utd] managers over the past few years? Are you saying they're all bad managers?

Jamie Carragher: At Manchester United? Do you think they did good jobs? You slaughtered Mourinho when he was in the job!

Keane: But he needed more time.

Carragher: He needed more time!? You think Mourinho needed more time on the back of their performance here last year? 


Keane: Absolutely. That's the name of the game. We question whether Ole's up to it and say: 'look at his CV', yet for some reason managers go to other clubs and are given the benefit of the doubt.

Carragher: It's probably their CV that gives them the benefit of the doubt.

Keane: Look at Frank Lampard at Chelsea, I saw them last night...

Carragher: He's been in the job six months!

Keane: And I'd say the same. Give him time. Give Ole a bit of time. How long has Ole been in the job? Give the man a chance. I watched Chelsea last night, they're a decent team, but they couldn't get the job done. Lampard has lost eight games, but for some reason 'Frank's doing alright'. Maybe because he's English, I don't know. 


Carragher: Well he's ahead of Manchester United and he hasn't had a transfer window yet.

Keane: Look at Frank's track record and CV. He went to Derby and didn't get promoted, but Frank is suddenly the answer for Chelsea. Give him time. It's nothing to do with Ole and all this carry on. And the three managers before Ole, are you saying they don't know what the game is about, Jamie? They know what the game is about.

Carragher: So tell me what the problem is at Manchester United!

Keane: David Moyes was given a six-year contract, Alex Ferguson was on the pitch going: 'get behind the manager, back him!' and I would have given him a bit more time, not eight months. And I wouldn't have sacked him on Twitter. Are you telling me Moyes didn't deserve more than eight months?


Carragher: I think he did, yeh.

Keane: He did, absolutely.

Carragher: So, would you still have him there in the job?

Keane: -hesitates-

Carragher: Ok, well how long would you give Ole?

Keane: I'd give Ole certainly another year. 100%. Another year


GIVEMESPORT's Kobe Tong says

As much as I fear I'm fighting against the mainstream here, I'm largely on Keane's side, even if I think he could have articulated his stance far better against Carragher.

United are far, far behind the likes of Liverpool and rebuilding the club isn't going to happen overnight, especially when managers are being sacked every other year.

Solskjaer was never hired because of his CV, he was signed because he knows United inside-out and can build a long-term project aimed at reestablishing the club from the ground up.


Do you think he's playing Mason Greenwood and Brandon Williams for the thrill of it? He isn't trying to instigate a smash-and-grab trophy win, he's trying to lay the foundations for an era of success.

Will he succeed? Who knows, but like Keane is saying, you can't just sack a manager when the whole point of you hiring them was in the knowledge that things will take time.

And United could have no better example to reassure themselves with than that of Liverpool and how Jurgen Klopp was given a four-year roadmap for building up to silverware.


If that wasn't United's intentions with appointing Solskjaer, though, then they should ditched the sentimentalism from day one and selected someone whose CV isn't 95% Molde.

Rome wasn't build in a day, but certain people think Old Trafford can be.

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