Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane has criticised Jose Mourinho for complaining about his side’s congested fixture list this season.
Man United embarked on their eighth game in just over a month against FC Rostov, claiming a 1-0 win, and will play eight more games over April.
Mourinho, speaking after the game against Rostov, claimed that United would suffer defeat to Middlesbrough on Sunday due to the current levels of fatigue in the side.
And Keane has responded aggressively to the manager’s comments, labelling such excuses as “garbage.”
“I’ve never heard so much rubbish in my life. Why do we have to listen to that garbage?” he said.
“It’s just utter nonsense what he’s talking about. He’s manager of Manchester United, one of the biggest clubs on the planet. The squad he’s got… and he keeps moaning about fixtures and fatigue.
“We were just looking at some of the cup draws they’ve had. They’ve had an easy ride in the cups; some good draws and a lot of home draws. The guy’s talking absolute nonsense. I’ve never heard so much rubbish in my life.
“Maybe the club’s too big for him. He can’t deal with all these demands at the match. What matches? Man United reserves could have won that game tonight. I’m sick to death of him.”
First thing’s first: I think Keane needs a lie down, or perhaps a cup of tea. Just something – anything – to momentarily quash the overwhelming fury that lives at the very core of his existence. I genuinely had to check that these quotes were real.
Mourinho, after all, was asked directly about United’s fixture list and gave an honest answer, speaking from experience when he discussed the impact of fatigue during this stage of the season. Can Keane, former manager of Sunderland and Ipswich Town, really justify questioning the managerial thought processes of a two-time Champions League winner?