Keane slams ‘really lazy and really sloppy’ Man Utd midfielder

Roy Keane has criticised Man Utd midfielder Fred for his “really lazy and really sloppy” first-half performance in their 3-2 victory over Southampton.

Edinson Cavani inspired the Red Devils’ comeback win over Southampton with two goals after coming off the bench at the break.

Saints were on course for their first home league win against Man Utd since 2003, with Jan Bednarek and James Ward-Prowse giving them a two-goal cushion heading into half-time.

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And Fred got some stick from Keane at half-time after he gave away the foul that led to Ward-Prowse scoring from a free-kick.

“I’d be more critical of Fred – Fred giving away the free-kick,’ Keane said on Sky Sports during the interval.

“I still don’t expect my goalkeeper to be beaten from there, I really don’t. It’s a fantastic set-piece, the pace he gets on it, the accuracy – he’s certainly one of the best in Europe at the moment from that situation.

“I’d be disappointed with my goalkeeper, but I’d be more disappointed with Fred for being really lazy and really sloppy. Giving away free-kicks in that area is like giving away a penalty. From United’s point of view, they’d have been told to not give daft free-kicks away.

“Corners can happen, obviously, you’ll take that, but the free-kick, if you look at Fred closely, I’ve been criticising him for years. My eyes don’t lie to me. Really poor decision, really lazy.”


Meanwhile, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hailed the performance of his Man Utd side after the match, especially Cavani. Solskjaer said: “I thought we played well all day. We created some big chances.

“Of course they have the quality of James Ward-Prowse, which is always difficult to defend against, so coming in at half-time we have to make changes and Edinson made a great impact.

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“We know he is one of the cleverest and best movers in the box, he can peel off you, get in front of you. Sometimes it works for you and he certainly had an impact today.

“(The never say die attitude) is very important and a trait that Man United always should have. Never give up, never give in.

“I don’t know how many times I was on the pitch and we came back and won games towards the end.

“We had a manager who never, ever allows anyone to give up and I have to say that’s one of my values.

“I have to say if you don’t play well at least work hard and never give in.

“Show that you give everything for your team and, even though I think we played really well today, I think we showed we had a character to dig in when the result looked to go against us.”


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