Roy Keane warned Man Utd when Jose Mourinho was boss – as history repeats itself

Manchester United legend Roy Keane has been banging the drum that players at the club will continually let down their manager.

The words of the former captain seemingly rings true after a horrendous start to the season with four defeats in their opening six games in all competitions. The club sit 13th in the Premier League after five games with their only wins coming against Wolves and Nottingham Forest. Their most recent defeat came at the hands of Bayern Munich in a 4-3 loss in what was their first Champions League game under Erik ten Hag.

While the Dutch manager has been questioned for his summer business, a report from the Manchester Evening News states that several of his players are 'growing weary' of his criticism. The report is a another reminder of Keane's comments when Jose Mourinho was in charge of the club as he insisted that the players then were throwing the Portuguese manager under the bus.

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"I do think the players, obviously, get away with murder. Just the way they hide behind the manager, Mourinho. Whatever you say about the players, they have thrown him under the bus," he told BBC Five Live at the time. Keane continued being vocal about his dislike of some players 'downing tools' and called it a joke as he added: ""People have said Mourinho has been falling out with players, well you would fall out with players.

"That’s the name of the game and players turn up overweight or players are not training properly and not producing." "And then for some of them to down tools, you know, shame on some of them players. I’m not Mourinho’s biggest fan, don’t get me wrong, but I just can’t tolerate footballers who just hide behind their agents, their pals in the media. A bit of a joke, really."

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The Portuguese legend was later sacked by the club in 2018 and was replaced with club legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who was subject to similar 'dressing room leaks' as Keane continued his tirade against the players following a humiliating 6-1 defeat at the hands of Tottenham at Old Trafford in October 2020.

"I've been saying it for the last 12 months, year and a half. Their performance against Spurs was disgraceful. You all have bad days in football, but some of the players were a disgrace to the Man United badge," the former Irish international said at the time.

"There are too many bluffers, and ultimately these players will cost Ole his job. The players he has got there, they threw the previous manager under the bus, and they will do the same to Ole."

The report from MEN cited 'dressing room sources' who are unhappy that ten Hag reportedly has favourites in the first-team squad who are seemingly immune from criticism while others believe they've been placed in an 'invidious position' by the manager's style of play.

Despite the unrest, the team have a quick turn-around following Wednesday's defeat as they travel to Turf Moor as they take on Burnley on Saturday (September 23).

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