Roy Keane has warned Manchester United that ‘the circus is back in town’ following the club’s 7-0 loss to Liverpool on Sunday.
The Red Devils suffered their worst-ever loss in Premier League history and the biggest defeat in 92 years, with David de Gea conceding six in a second period at Anfield where United capitulated. Erik ten Hag branded the display as ‘unprofessional’ and ex-captain Keane was also critical of the team.
Speaking on Sky Sports, the pundit claimed United’s recent Carabao Cup success had gone to the players’ heads and also said Ten Hag’s squad set the tone for the evening by being too friendly with the Liverpool backroom staff on Sunday.
"The thing I’m always wary of with Man United, they won the cup last week, a lot of celebration and of course I’d never begrudge a team that. But they turned up against West Ham, I’m at the game, and the circus is back in town at Man United,” opined the Irishman.
“I was always wary of that when I was a player there, keeping an eye on people, don’t get carried away because you know what this game can do to you. I see the players come here today, I see one or two of the players come out at the start of the second half having a laugh and a joke. They’re 1-0 down at Anfield and they’re having a laugh and a joke with some of the Anfield staff, goalkeeping coach. I don’t like to see all that rubbish.
"I just think that circus can creep back in and the manager and senior players have to keep an eye on that. It was the same against West Ham the other night, a lot of nonsense before the game, a lot of presentations. I understand one or two - but not four or five.
"Today at half-time, there were players walking down the tunnel having a laugh and a joke. You’re 1-0 down at Anfield - you’re here to work, this is serious business,” he added. “This is big boy stuff and forget all of this laughing and joking rubbish. In the second half where there are some players throwing the towel in, you don’t expect them to be laughing at the end of the game."