Keane lists Rice’s weaknesses: ‘Where do you want me to start?’

Date published: Sunday 17th November 2019 5:35

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Former Manchester United midfielder Roy Keane has listed aspects of his game that West Ham midfielder Declan Rice needs to improve.

The England international is believed to be on a shortlist of players United want to sign as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s looks to continue his revamp at Old Trafford.

Dean Ashton recently declared that Rice wasn’t ‘anywhere near a £100m player’ after links with  huge move to the Red Devils.

And Keane, who coached Rice in the Republic of Ireland squad before he swapped nations for England, has also had a dig at the West Ham man’s performances.

“Well, where he needs to improve, there’s plenty of aspects,” Keane said on ITV.

“When you think about him, over the last few months he’s had a lot of praise.

“I’ve looked at him pretty closely, I’ve worked with him when he was with the Irish squad.

“Where he needs to improve, where do you want me to start? His positional play, I don’t think he’s been consistent enough, he doesn’t stay with runners, he’s sloppy in possession, I can go on.

“He’s one of these players I think a couple of months ago people were enjoying him and loved him but he’s one of these players that has almost played his way out of the team because he’s not been consistent at West Ham.

“He’s got another opportunity tonight and I think it is a position in the England team where Gareth [Southgate’s] obviously not sure who’s going to do that job in there.

“It’s an opportunity for him tonight but he’s got to take it.”

 

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