Roy Keane served up a damning verdict on Manchester United’s nervous performance in their Europa League semi-final win against Celta Vigo, but he has backed Jose Mourinho’s men to beat Ajax in the Stockholm final later this month.
Former United captain Keane has been less than impressed by Mourinho’s side over the course of this season, with his latest appraisal on ITV Sport following a familiar narrative as he gave a verdict on their 2-1 aggregate win.
“First of all, well done to Man United, they have got through to the final,” he began.
“But the level of their performance tonight and letting a team like Celta Vigo dictate the game, it was not a good reflection on a team like Man United.
“Go and get the job done, but they made such hard work of it.
“Celta Vigo were there for the taking, but United couldn’t get to that level, which they have not done for most of this season.
“They need to be a bit more ruthless. It has been the same all season.
“For a team like Man United with the attacking players they have on the pitch, they have to do better.
“Is the mentality coming from the manager? I don’t know.”
Keane was also scathing in his criticism of Celta Vigo’s John Guidetti, after his theatrics contributed to a red card shown to United defender Eric Bailly in the closing stages of the game.
Yet he suggested the United centre-back could have few excuses for a red card that rules him out of the final.
“It was a disaster for him, but he deserved to go. You raise your hands…you’re in trouble,” said Keane of the late fracas between the two sets of players, before he suggested ‘victim’ of incident
“Guidetti’s behavior in the incident. I don’t know. Rolling around the floor, it’s disgusting, but the United player had to go”
Keane concluded by backing United to lift the Europa League trophy and secure the prize of a place in next season’s Champions League in the final on May 24th.
Yet after Mourinho repeated his suggestion that he will play a reserve team for his side’s final Premier League game of the season, Keane responded with this typically feisty response.
“He is getting his excuses in early in case they get beaten, but you would think United will have too much for Ajax,” he added.
“It’s a good final, it has a nice ring to it, but the average age of the Ajax team is just 21. United should take full advantage of that.”