Athens, 26 February:
Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane declared last night that the club needed six or seven players to rebuild and replace players `who just don’t have the quality’ after a shockingly poor display saw them become the third Premier League side to lose 2-0 in the Champions League round of 16.
David Moyes took full responsibility late last night for a display as dismal as any under him and Keane said they could have no excuses. `There is a lack of confidence and there are some players who just don’t have the quality,’ he said on ITV. `We’ve been brainwashed that the Premier League is the best in the world. Nonsense. It’s the best brand in the world but they have fallen behind, United more than most. They need six or seven players to rebuild the club. Privately David Moyes will be shocked at the quality he is working with.’
Moyes had admitted that falling behind in games is a problem for his team and United did so for the 16th time this season, 11 of which they have gone on to lose. The Greeks’ two goals came in a 17-minute period either side of the break, with Arsenal loanee Joel Campbell adding to Alejandro Dominguez’s opener.
United’s Michael Carrick, at fault for the second said: `We had good possession in the first half without penetrating through their lines but at the same time they didn’t cause us any problems.
`We didn’t start the second half well and that put us on the back foot. We are not getting results and as players we have to take that on the chin. You’re looking for me to blame someone but everyone at the club is judged by results. It’s a disappointing night. We feel like we are still in with a chance going back to Old Trafford.’ THE INDEPENDENT