After Jose Mourinho’s “Parking the bus” strategy failed miserably, many experts blasted the Manchester United players for not showing intent, which led to the Portuguese coach falling under the bus.
When it comes to passion, tenacity and commitment, very few players who donned the Red jersey in Manchester can match up with Roy Keane. A leader, a master and a legend, he left an everlasting legacy behind during his blissful and decorative tenure at the club.
Soon after Jose departure, it was Keane who was the most disappointed and also said that the players got away despite causing a murder. He once again came out harsh on the players and accused them for not taking the club’s dignity and honor seriously.
“I think the players obviously get away with murder. Just the way they hide behind their manager. Whatever you say about the players they’ve thrown him under the bus. And people said Mourinho has been falling out with players, well you would fall out with players when they turn up overweight, when players aren’t training properly and not producing, and then for some of them to down tool,” Keane said.
He didn’t praise the Mourinho approach which has been under immense scrutiny, but the lack of intensity in players was there to be seen clearly. He also noted that no players from his era would ever think of not giving their 100% for the club.
“Shame on some of those players. I’m not Mourinho’s biggest fan, don’t get me wrong, but I can’t tolerate footballers who just hide behind their agent, their pals in the media. Bit of a joke really. I suppose you could say I’m a bit old school. I don’t call it old school, I call it good school.
“No matter what’s going on at your club, when you get out on that pitch, particularly at a big club like United, you go out and give it your all. No excuses. I know the game has changed a little bit, but the players do get away with murder and it’s really frustrating. It wouldn’t have happened in our dressing room because of the fact we have good characters and good leaders. We wouldn’t have tolerated lads not putting a shift in,” he added.
Its true that the players showed very little intent whilst playing for Jose apart from the few moments in the games against Chelsea, New Castle, Arsenal and Juventus Its difficult to argue with most of his points though and his metaphorical phrase of “Mourinho getting under the bus” ain’t false as well. But for Keane to concede them as murderers is a bit too much.