Roy Keane has slammed Manchester United for their lack of ruthlessness this season following their 1-1 draw with Celta Vigo.
Celta fought back, however, and almost pressed Man United to breaking point with a late goal and a flurry of chances during the last ten minutes.
And Keane, in spite of seeing his former side hold on to reach the Europa League final, was unimpressed with the way they performed.
“Credit to United, they’ve got to the final and that’s been the plan for the last few months,” he said.
“But their level of performance tonight in letting a team like Celta Vigo dictate the game and keep themselves in the game until the last minute is not a good reflection on United.
“It goes to show where they’ve been all season with the amount of draws they’ve had, you can see tonight, almost having that defensive mindset for the whole night.
“They just couldn’t get to that level which they’ve not done for most of the season.
“This is Manchester United at home, you’re 2-0 up, go and finish the job and relax and play with a bit of freedom. But they make such hard work of it.
“They’ve got to be a bit more ruthless. It’s not just been a problem tonight, it’s been their lack of goals all season.
“They’re not scoring enough goals for a team like Man United with their attacking players. What’s the mentality, is it coming from the manager?
“You can make lots of excuses but they got away with it tonight. They’ve got to do better and be more ruthless.”
Now, listen, I have immense admiration for Keane. The man embodied a ruthless kind of mindset that set the platform for years of success during his United career, but I honestly cannot remember the last time he said anything remotely positive – about anything.
Keane, like many pundits, continues to judge Mourinho’s progress in accordance with the unreachable standards set by Sir Alex Ferguson back in the day. This is a mindset I simply cannot understand. To Keane, reaching a European final is not enough; it has to be done with the swagger of old, but the fact of the matter is those days are long gone.
The Portuguese has pragmatically dragged his side to being one step away from Champions League football; he won’t care about how. In today’s modern game, and not in the fairytale land of Keane and other former United stars, the end justifies the means.