Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane joked that Chelsea may have requested United defender Harry Maguire to be available to face them in this afternoon’s huge Premier League meeting at Stamford Bridge.
Maguire has come under heavy criticism from Keane in recent weeks following a drop in form but will be suspended for this afternoon’s showdown in the capital after being sent off against Watford last weekend at Vicarage Road .
United captain to serve a one-game suspension after receiving a second yellow card after being guilty of knocking down former Reds midfielder Tom Cleverley in the second half .
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Maguire, both on and off the pitch, has been criticized by Keane recently, especially following losses to Liverpool and Manchester City. However, the Irishman admitted he would hand out praise when warranted, instead of just being critical.
“When I go to a game, I’ll be fair with the people,” Keane said of his expertise, as quoted by the Irish Examiner. “No one has to tell me how hard it is. I’ve been there and it’s hard to win games at the highest level. I’ve never taken the easy game in my life.
“But it frustrates me when I see players making the same mistakes over and over again, whether it’s Fred, Maguire or those people. There are players at Manchester United who make the move and slack off.
“If I do a game next week and either Maguire or Fred played well, I’d be very happy to give them credit. No problem.”
Considering Maguire’s recent form, Keane joked lightly that Chelsea may be looking for a call to allow him to play.
He joked: “Yeah, I think Chelsea appealed that one.”
When it comes to United’s current fortunes, Keane believes the Reds need to try to stop the current rot they are experiencing and try to keep up as best they can with their main rivals.
“I have no program with Manchester United,” he added. “What I try to do is show up on time, respect the people I work with, give my opinion and I go home.
“One of the biggest problems for Manchester United is that Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool are three strong teams. One of them could go through a rough patch but they have to catch up with those three.
“The momentum is huge in the sport. You can turn it up but always the other way around and United just have to try and stop the rot.
“They have to hang on, they’ve made it through the knockout stages of the Champions League – not to say they’re going to win it – but things can change quickly.”
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