Mon. Jan 17th, 2022

Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane has joked that Chelsea may have appealed to United defender Harry Maguire to be available to meet them in this afternoon’s big Premier League meeting at Stamford Bridge.

Maguire has been heavily criticized by Keane in recent weeks following a drop in form, but is suspended for this afternoon’s match in the capital after being sent off against Watford last weekend at Vicarage Road.

The United captain must serve a suspension on a game after receiving another yellow card after being guilty of overthrowing former Reds midfielder Tom Cleverley in the second half.

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Maguire, both on and off the pitch, has been criticized by Keane recently, especially following the defeats to both Liverpool and Manchester City. The Irishman, however, has admitted that he will hand out praise when justified, as opposed to just being critical.

“When I go to a fight, I want to be fair to people,” Keane said of his punditry, as quoted by the Irish examiner. “No one needs to tell me how hard it is. I’ve been there and it’s hard to win top-level matches. I’ve never taken the game lightly in my life.

“But it frustrates me when I see players make the same mistakes over and over again, whether it’s Fred, Maguire or these people. There are players at Manchester United who go through the motions and relax.

“If I play a game next week and Maguire or Fred played well, I would be very happy to give them credit. No problem.”

Given Maguire’s recent form, Keane joked lightly that Chelsea might have gone in search of an appeal to let him play.

He said: “Yes, I think Chelsea appealed it.”

As for United’s current fortunes, Keane believes the Reds need to try to stop the current rot they are experiencing and try to keep up with their main rivals.

“I have no agenda with Manchester United,” he added. “What I’m trying to do is show up on time, respect the people I work with, make my opinion known, and I’m going home.

“One of the biggest problems for Manchester United is that Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool are three strong teams. One of them may be going through a bad period, but they need to catch the three.

“Momentum is huge in the sport. You can make it go up, but always the other way and United just have to try to stop the rot.

“They have to stick around, they’re through the knockout stages of the Champions League – it’s not said they’re going to win it – but things can change quickly.”

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