Roy Keane believes Manchester United must step up several notches from what the team has achieved in the first two rounds of the season.
Manchester United have not performed at their best in the first two Premier League games of the season, and now the pressure is starting to increase again on manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær.
The series opener against Crystal Palace ended with a 1-3 loss at home at Old Trafford, before a lucky 3-2 win away against Brighton secured three important points for Solskjær and co.
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The Norwegian’s former teammate and United captain in the golden age of the 90s, Roy Keane, has long supported the Norwegian in his job as United manager and stated in January that Solskjær should be protected for a year.
Keane: – It does not look good
After United’s weak start to the season, however, Keane is becoming far more critical of Solskjærs United.
– They have not been good. They may be happy with the result against Brighton, but there are worrying signs already in the first week. I know it’s early in the season, but they have conceded many goals and released the opponent to many chances against Brighton and Palace, so it does not look good, says Roy Keane in Sky Sports’ studio.
– What worries you the most?
– I think those are the chances they get in the first couple of matches. It would be different if it was against Manchester City or Liverpool. You expect them to do better against Palace, and the chances Brighton created … everyone talks about how bad they have been defensively, but as a team as a whole it has not been good, Keane believes.
– The requirements are higher this year
Keane believes the demands of Ole Gunnar Solskjær are far higher this season than it was last year’s season, which ended in third place 15 points behind Manchester City and 33 points behind Liverpool.
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– I think the requirements for Ole are different this year. Last year, they will probably have asked him to make the top four, and they reached three semifinals. The demands will be higher this year, and they must get closer to Manchester City and Liverpool. The point catch can not be as it has been for the last three or four years. Ole must probably win a trophy. The wheat bread days are undoubtedly over for Ole. The pressure is coming now, especially with the achievements they have had in recent matches, says Keane.
Already on Wednesday, Manchester United will return to Brighton to play the fourth round of the league cup. On Sunday, Tottenham are opponents at home, when José Mourinho returns to Old Trafford.