English Premiership

Keane: Man United 'cry babies' need to always give 100%

Paul Pogba (Getty Images)
Paul Pogba (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Roy Keane has launched into a rant about the current state of former club Manchester United, labelling some of the squad as 'cry babies'.

United are currently embroiled in somewhat of a crisis, with the club sitting 10th in the Premier League table after seven games.

They have won and drawn their opening two Champions League games however, and look likely to advance from their group.

But manager Jose Mourinho’s recent behaviour has reportedly ‘infuriated’ club chiefs, with his constant sniping and criticisms of his players a point of contention.

Keane says that 'people do fall out' in football, but the players have a duty to perform to the best of their abilities.

"You talk about footballers and managers, not every player is going to get on with their manager and not every manager is going to like every player," Keane told Notts TV.

"But what you do as a footballer – and I’ve had one or two disagreements – when you cross that line you play for your team.

"I don’t care what fallout you’ve had with your manager, I don’t care if you’ve been at each other’s throats. That is part of the industry. People do fall out.

"Unfortunately when you’re Man United, one of the biggest clubs in the world, things will get exaggerated.

"And if you’re a footballer for Manchester United, you put that jersey on, you walk out and you don’t give 100% because you might be upset with somebody, then good luck to Mourinho with this stuff.

"I’m not talking about Pogba. I’m talking about players in general. Players who get upset with a manager or a coaching staff and think ‘I’m not going to train properly because somebody upset me’.

"There’s a lot of cry babies out there.

"When you walk out on that pitch you're playing for your pride, you’re playing for your family, you’re playing for your city, whatever it might be.

"Don’t get that worried about what the manager’s said about you, or the coaching staff, you get out there and play.

"You can follow it up after the match but when the game’s going on liven up. Play with pride, play with energy, play with spirit.

"Hopefully play with a bit of skill. But on your bad days you roll your sleeves up and you fight for that jersey.

"Don't get distracted by the balloons out there."