Roy Keane delivered a damning assessment of Manchester United after their defeat to West Ham, describing himself as “shocked and saddened”.
Goals from Andriy Yarmolenko and Aaron Cresswell earned the Hammers a comfortable 2-0 win over Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s lacklustre side, who suffered the latest in a series of injury blows when Marcus Rashford pulled up in the second half.
United have won just two of their first six games and their former captain Keane, speaking from the Super Sunday studio after joining Sky Sports this season, said it was “scary how far United have fallen”.
“I don’t know where to start,” he said. “I was shocked and saddened by how bad they were.
“You can lose a game of football but everything about them… they were lacklustre, no quality, lack of desire, lack of leaders, lack of characters.
“It’s a long way back for United but scary how far they’ve fallen.”
Former United boss Jose Mourinho echoed Keane’s words and admitted he did not have anything good to say about the visitors’ performance.
“I can’t find any positives,” Mourinho said.
“We were bad last season, but I don’t see any improvement this season – even with three new players (Harry Maguire, Dan James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka).
“I have to say, players with a positive impact. I like the three and I think they’re bringing good quality to the team.
“But the team, as a team, I don’t like at all. I’m not surprised by the result and I don’t think Ole can take many positives from the game.”
Ole: ‘We’ve got to batten down the hatches’
United boss Solskaer remains optimistic that his side are good enough to compete at a level befitting of the club, but admitted they failed to put crucial chances away and must now work through an injury crisis ahead of games against Rochdale and Arsenal.
Ole thinking about captain MaguireHow the teams lined up
“We’ve been one or two light because of injuries so I don’t put it down to a lack of quality,” said Solskjaer.