Keane: United struggles show Rooney importance

Date published: Friday 18th March 2016 9:40

Roy Keane says Manchester United are missing Wayne Rooney’s leadership and his former side currently look like ‘a bunch of strangers thrown together’.

United were dumped out of the Europa League on Thursday night after a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford secured Liverpool a 3-1 aggregate win to put Jurgen Klopp’s side into the quarter-finals.

Louis van Gaal’s position is coming under increased scrutiny following another season of underachievement, and former captain Keane believes the players must also accept their share of the responsibility.

He told ITV: “I’m saddened by what I’ve seen from United over the last year or two. It’s like a bunch of strangers have been thrown together.

“When you play for United and you put that jersey on, I always felt 10 foot tall but some of these players look like they’re shrinking with the jersey on.

“If you’re playing for Man Utd, you’ve got to deal with that pressure and that expectation. This group of players is certainly struggling. I know they’ve had injuries and it goes to show how important a fit Wayne Rooney is to this club.

“Where are the characters? Where are the leaders in this group?”

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