Keane backs United for CL title; Hoddle voice of reason

Date published: Thursday 23rd November 2017 8:28 - Matthew Stead

Roy Keane has backed Manchester United to compete for the Champions League title, with Glenn Hoddle the disagreeing voice of reason.

United were beaten 1-0 by Basel on Wednesday, meaning they have not yet guaranteed passage to the knock-out stages.

They lead Group A by three points and face CSKA Moscow in the final game, knowing that a draw sends them through.

They dominated in the first half in Switzerland but came undone due to a lack of width, with poor Luke Shaw sitting on the bench.

But Keane saw the game and decided that his former club can challenge Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona for the crown.

“The big plus for United is that their form has been that good in the Champions League that they gave themselves room to slip up tonight,” he told ITV Sport.

“When United have their strongest team out, they will compete with a lot of the teams in Europe. There are five or six players that played tonight that won’t be in their strongest team.

“Mourinho is looking at the bigger picture – forget about tonight and move on. They’ll be competing to win this title without a doubt.”

As if to emphasise just how bad an opinion it was, Hoddle came crashing in to act as the voice of reason.

“There are five English teams that could actually top their groups, but is it actually an advantage?” he said.

“You’ve got Atletico and Real Madrid, Juventus and Bayern Munich all potentially coming second in their group. I don’t know whether United can live with any of them teams.

“They’re fortunate they’re in a group they’ll get through and even then it’s gone to the last game. I’m not sure they’re ready to step up to that level.”

If only he hadn’t said “You’ve got Atletico”. So close.

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