Keane blasts ‘cringey’ Liverpool and Man United

Matt Stead

Roy Keane admits that he “cringes” when he sees “big teams” happy at finishing fourth in the Premier League.

The race to qualify for the Champions League is likely to go down to the final game this season, with just 11 points separating the teams in third and seventh.

Liverpool are on course to reach Europe’s top table, but are just three and four points clear of Manchester City and Manchester United respectively, both of whom have one game in hand.

Arsenal are a further five points behind, two points ahead of Everton, but Keane has admonished the sides who celebrate a mere top-four place.

“When I see clubs like Liverpool and Man United celebrating getting into the top four, I cringe at it, I really do,” Keane told RTÉ Sport.

“Any of these big clubs – do you think that Real Madrid and Barcelona would be celebrating getting fourth? Come on, get a grip.

“It is about getting your hands on a trophy.

“People talk about getting into the top four because of the financial rewards and it was great for teams like Leicester to qualify but for the big teams, Man United, Chelsea, Arsenal, celebrating fourth? I say shame on you.”