Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher says Gary Neville and Roy Keane make ‘permanent excuses’ for Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The former United pair played alongside Solskjaer at Old Trafford for a number of years and Solskjaer is one of the few close contacts Keane has retained from his time at the Theatre of Dreams.
United finished second last season but lost to Villarreal in the Europa League final and they’ve made a below-par start to this campaign, despite the arrivals of Jadon Sancho, Cristiano Ronaldo and Raphael Varane.
While Carragher believes last season was the perfect platform to go on and win the title this season, Neville and Keane said before the season started that United aren’t ready and couldn’t do so without a top striker like Harry Kane.
And the former Liverpool man admits it ‘winds him up’ how consistently the pair defend Solskjaer’s tenure.
‘It must be something to do with football…and it must be something to do with Neville,’ Carragher told the ‘Tony Bellew is Angry’ podcast.
‘He’s permanently making excuses for his mate Ole, isn’t he?
‘I did a newspaper column on it – I was with Gary Neville a few days before and we did this YouTube chat about the season with Roy Keane.
‘The two of them just make occasions for Ole because they played with him and he’s their mate.
‘They were saying, ‘they can’t win the league, they still lack this, they still lack that, the Glazers aren’t putting enough money in, they should be going for Harry Kane’.
United return to action after the international break by taking on Leicester City, which is the first of a testing and potentially season-defining run.
The Red Devils take on Manchester City, Chelsea and Tottenham in their next five Premier League matches.
They are likely to do so without first choice centre-back pair Harry Maguire and Raphael Varane, who are both injured.
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