Manchester United have been dominating the headlines over the past 24 hours with the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo and the announcement that the Glazer family have put the club for sale – & we couldn’t wait to hear Roy Keane’s opinion on the matter.
Keane, who played for United between 1993 and 2005, has previously spoken about both Ronaldo and the Glazers. But, while the former Republic of Ireland midfielder has defended Ronaldo, he’s roasted the club owners on a number of occasions.
“I think United fans have just had enough,” Keane told Sky Sports in May 2021.
“They’re doing it [protesting] because they love the club and it’s not what has happened over the last few weeks with the Super League, I think it’s been building for a number of years now, that frustration, and they’ve come to the end and thought ‘enough is enough’.
“It’s been building up over the last few years – disappointment in communication, stuff going on in the backroom, tickets, whatever it might be. The leadership of the club has not been good enough, when they look at the owners and feel it’s just about making money.”
Keane was asked for his opinion on recent events at the club by ITV presenter Mark Pougatch before coverage of Germany’s World Cup match against Japan and his answer was typically forthright and outspoken.
To summarise, Keane believed that both United and Ronaldo are better off without each other but he also pulled up Ten Hag for his treatment of his former club team-mate and supported the Glazers’ decision to sell the club – although Ian Wright didn’t miss the chance to wind up his colleague.
We advise you to settle down comfortably before hearing what he has to say. The results were explosive…
💬 "Ronaldo should have left in the summer"
😬 "I think they're better without him!"
— ITV Football (@itvfootball) November 23, 2022