Manchester United legend Roy Keane has hardly been backwards in coming forwards when it comes to voicing his opinions on his former club.
The controversial pundit wears his heart on his sleeve and has warned former team-mate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that his players will get him sacked.
He has also singled out numerous under-performing stars in the past and is clearly not a fan of what he sees from the current United squad.
And that can perhaps be traced back to late last year, when the 49-year-old was secretly invited to United’s Carrington Training Complex to speak to the squad.
Solskjaer wanted Keane to give his squad an insight into their dominant days under Sir Alex Ferguson and what it took to take them to the top.
Keane followed the likes of Darren Fletcher, Patrice Evra and Nemanja Vidic in visiting Carrington in Solskjaer’s bid to pass on what it means to play for United.
He talked about the importance of setting and maintaining high professional standards, having a bomb-proof mentality to win games and dedicating total commitment to the team and cause.
But things did not go entirely to plan.
Keane was left unimpressed by one unnamed star in particular, who slouched in his chair and looked disinterested.
It is unclear whether the player was called out by Keane, but he was furious with what he saw.
A training ground source told the Mirror: “As you’d imagine Roy has strong views on what it takes to be a proper United player and he gave it them straight.
“He wasn’t impressed with one player who didn’t seem to be all that interested and looked as if he’d rather be somewhere else.
“But for the majority it was a fascinating snapshot into the hunger and desire that drove Roy during his time at the club.”
Keane, who welcomed Solskjaer to his home to chat about the task at hand when he took the United job, had not been back to Carrington since his acrimonious departure back in 2005.
And the visit seemingly has left its mark and may well have contributed to his dim view on the players at Old Trafford who he believes will cost his former team-mate his job.
“We were building up this season as make-or-break for Ole, but at this moment in time it’s not looking good. I scratch my head at players who don’t have enthusiasm for a game of football,” he said on Sky Sports last month.
“Sometimes you say ‘there’s no reason to panic’. But the results and performances suggest you should be panicking. Ole will lose his job working with these players – that’s what is going to happen.”
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