mai 24, 2024

Man Utd 3-3 Coventry: Manchester United made to look like a Championship team, says Roy Keane | Football News

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Roy Keane said Manchester United « looked like a Championship side » as Erik Ten Hag’s beleaguered outfit limped into the FA Cup final by beating second-tier Coventry on penalties.

United led the semi-final 3-0 but Coventry went close to completing an epic comeback at Wembley in extra-time when they hit the crossbar before having a goal disallowed by an ultra-tight VAR call in the 121st minute.

« Manchester United’s players and supporters didn’t go over the top because they knew they were lucky today, » Sky Sports pundit Keane told ITV. « They were almost embarrassed at the end, but they got the job done to get to a cup final.

« I don’t like what I see from this United team. They are hard to like. They play in moments. We go on about leadership and character, but I don’t see any of this from this United group.

« My goodness, they rode their luck at the end. The substitutions, the goal gave Coventry belief and all of a sudden they looked like a Premier League team in extra-time and United looked like a Championship team. »

Keane: I almost dislike Man Utd

Former United captain Keane admitted he was bordering on disliking the team he guided to seven Premier League titles after their latest shambolic performance.

« [Harry] Maguire got interviewed after the game and said, ‘we showed great character’. I don’t see character in this group of players, I really don’t, » he added. « I’m getting to the stage where I’m almost disliking them.

« The qualities they have are clear but when they have a team where they want them and the game won, they just take the foot off the gas. It’s as if they are frightened to go and win the game. I’m waiting for leadership. Show some courage. »

United will play neighbours Manchester City in the final on May 25, a repeat of last year’s final, which United lost 2-1.

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Haji Wright (centre left) celebrates after bringing Coventry City level at 3-3 from the penalty spot

Ten Hag’s team had appeared to be cruising when goals by Scott McTominay, Harry Maguire and Bruno Fernandes seemingly put them in charge.

But Coventry’s comeback, even if it was to ultimately come up short, will once again ask urgent questions of Ten Hag and his players.

« We have the same conversations about Manchester United every week, » said Keane. « You don’t know what you’re going to get. They always play in moments, they give teams chances.

« In the FA Cup, Wigan had chances, Newport did, Liverpool should have beat them, Coventry should have beat them today. But they are in the final.

« You always say you need a bit of luck in football and United certainly had luck today. »

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Avram Glazer and Sir Jim Ratcliffe pictured during the FA Cup semi final at Wembley Stadium
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Avram Glazer and Sir Jim Ratcliffe pictured during the FA Cup semi final at Wembley Stadium

Avram Glazer and Sir Jim Ratcliffe pictured during the FA Cup semi final at Wembley Stadium
Avram Glazer and Sir Jim Ratcliffe pictured during the FA Cup semi final at Wembley Stadium

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