Redknapp recommends Keane for surprise Man Utd role

Date published: Sunday 31st October 2021 3:11 - Toby Bowles

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Harry Redknapp believes Roy Keane would re-energise the Manchester United dressing room if he was added to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s coaching staff.

Solskjaer remains under intense scrutiny after a woeful run of form saw United fall eight points behind league leaders Chelsea.

The Red Devils suffered embarrassing defeats to Liverpool, Leicester and Aston Villa and despite Saturday’s win over Tottenham Hotspur, doubts persist over the Norwegian’s coaching ability.


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Many question whether Solskjaer possesses the tactical acumen to go toe-to-toe with the Premier League’s best coaches, with his experience prior to the United job consisting solely of spells at Molde and Cardiff City.

Redknapp, though, has identified the perfect remedy for United’s troubles – and it isn’t a managerial change.

“It was interesting last week listening to all the pundits talk about Ole’s situation at Man United,” the former Tottenham manager told talkSPORT.

“I went with Graeme Souness, I think he needs a bit of help. I’m not saying his staff are not good lads and good, but they look to me as a very quiet group.

“I know Michael Carrick very well, I love Michael, he’s a fantastic footballer and a great person and he’s got other people around him. Sometimes you can’t be afraid to think that another bit of help coming in, it will help me and help the team.

“I just think he maybe needs somebody else, a different [character] alongside him in the group to help them. He looked a lonely figure last week standing on that touchline.

“Do you know who’d I take at Manchester United? Everyone’s going to think I’m absolutely mad, but I’d bring in Roy Keane. If I was Ole I’d think to myself, he won’t mess around and he’ll sort one or two out.”

 

 

He continued: “I had Joe Jordan at Spurs, I employed people like Glenn Hoddle, I brought in Steve McClaren who was the ex-England manager.

“I just think one or two of them are really low, the team is near the bottom on running stats and challenges, they need someone to come in and say, ‘listen, forget all this about pressing and all these different tactics, when you lose the ball, run after it, make some tackles’.

“It’s quite basic really. We all get carried away with different tactics and ideas but their biggest problem is obviously that they’re just not working hard enough.

“They have to start working hard with the ball and without the ball.”

 

 

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