"People tend to forget I've managed before and I've done okay in the Premier League" - Keane on the defensive 1 year ago

"People tend to forget I've managed before and I've done okay in the Premier League" - Keane on the defensive

"These lads have done what I predicted and thrown him under the bus, and that's what they do."

Roy Keane has doubled down on previous comments that the Manchester United players were always going to 'throw Ole Gunnar Solksjaer under the bus'.

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Solskjaer's time as United manager came to an end after the Red Devils were embarrassed 4-1 by Watford - with the hammering at Vicarage Road meaning they have won just once in their last seven Premier League fixtures.

While Keane has been critical of Solskjaer at times in the past few years, he has also blamed the Red Devils' players for the club's lack of success in recent seasons.

Speaking in 2019, he was critical of the United players' attitudes, insisting that they didn't have the personnel to get the club 'back to the very top'.

The Irishman also stated that they would 'throw Solskjær under the bus, just like they did with Jose Mourinho'.

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Now, following the sacking of his former team-mate, Keane has admitted that the United players have 'done what he predicted'.

Speaking on Sky Sports, he said: "United players stopped running in the past couple of months.

"These players don't [take responsibility], we saw a great example after the Watford game where players went over to the fans and tried to defend the manager, but it's too late, the damage is done.

"I did say, over the last year or two, leopards don't change their spots."

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The 50-year-old went on to suggest that you can't compare United against Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City because the Red Devils players 'aren't working as a team'.

"Manchester United have talented players, particularly in possession - but unfortunately the game is about what you do out of possession," said Keane.

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"If you want to compare them to Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City, it's chalk and cheese.

"These players don't run, they don't sprint, they don't close down, they don't work as a team, they work as individuals.

"They're almost just dependable on their talent, which is coming up short as well. That's not enough to win the big prizes and it's not good enough."

He added: "They don't seem like good enough lads to me in terms of that leadership.

"Maybe Ole was too friendly with them, maybe that was the problem, maybe he was too nice to these lads because these lads have done what I predicted and thrown him under the bus, and that's what they do."

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United go to Stamford Bridge on Sunday (28 November) having lost five of their last seven games in the top flight, with the Blues having lost just one of their opening 12 fixtures.

"They were never going to call me. That was never going to happen.

"I'd have no problem going into any dressing room trying to take control of a dressing room. I've managed in the Premier League, I don't think it would have been a problem to me. People tend to forget I've managed before and I've done okay in the Premier League."