Gary Neville and Roy Keane have both questioned the attitude of Manchester United’s players in the wake of David Moyes sacking today.
There’s no doubt that a lot of the blame falls at the feet of Moyes as he is manager but there have certainly been a lot of players, some very senior, in United’s side who have drastically underperformed this season.
Moyes should have done a better job motivating them but the players do have to take some of the blame, something Neville and Keane both staunchly argued.
“The last 15, 16 hours or however long it’s been, I don’t like it, it’s not the way in which the club should portray itself,” Neville said.
“But it’s the modern world, it’s how things seem to be dealt with now, but I’m a traditionalist and I think it could have been dealt with a whole lot better. I believe in managers being given time, I think they should be allowed to complete their work. The idea of giving people three and four and six-year contracts and then getting rid of them after 10 months is something that’s foreign to me.
“However, there’s no disguising that the football this season has been poor, the results have been poor, as a fan I’ve not enjoyed watching it – I’m sure David Moyes himself hasn’t enjoyed watching it. And I can’t think many Manchester United fans will have enjoyed watching it either.
“The performances have sort of got worse and worse. There was a little bit of a pick-up before Christmas when you thought there might be a bit of a run but in the last month or two the performances have sort of deteriorated really.
“The players have to take massive responsibility. I never once during my 17/18-year career at United turned around after a game and thought ‘you lost us that game boss’.
“It’s always the players. Players have to take responsibility, accountability in football. Those players there are not as bad as they have been showing, I’ve played with a lot of those players.
“They’ve got great care for United, they love the club – the ones that I know – they’re desperate to do well for the club and they have completely lost confidence. These are players who were champions nine months ago and the decline has been surprising to say the least.”
Keane shared the sentiment when questioned about it later this evening.
“He certainly had a hard start last summer when he took the job,” Keane told ITV.
“The chief executive [Ed Woodward] didn’t get the deals done that he wanted, there was a lot of negativity and then they had a slow start and had no momentum.
“I think it is a shame. He should have been given more time. Some of the players at Manchester United should be really ashamed of themselves, they have really let him down.
“For David Moyes to be seventh in the league is disappointing and he should take responsibility for that but you still need people around you to help you in every way you can. I don’t think he’s had that support, particularly form the players. I definitely think he deserved some more time.”
Do you think Keane and Neville are right? Does the squad need to take some of the blame?