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Roy Keane blasts Man United after Europa League win

Keane not impressed as United reach the Europa League semi-finals
Keane not impressed as United reach the Europa League semi-finals

Roy Keane served up a cutting assessment of Manchester United’s forward players, as they missed a host of chances before finally beating Anderlecht in their Europa League quarter-final.

Marcus Rashford’s extra-time winner finally secured United a victory in a tie that saw Jose Mourinho’s team miss a succession of chances both in the first leg in Belgium and at Old Trafford on Thursday night.

The 3-2 aggregate win could have been secured with a little more comfort if United’s attacking players had been more clinical in front of goal, with the club’s former skipper Keane unforgiving in his verdict after an edgy victory.

“I think we have seen the best and worst from United in this game,” Keane told ITV Sport.

“They were quick out of the blocks, as you would expected from United at home and they got their noses in front, but my goodness, the finishing was so poor it was unbelievable.

“It summed up their season. You can see now why they are fifth in the league, why they are 15 points behind Chelsea…not good enough in terms of their finishing and being clinical.

“Ultimately, you get punished for that, but they are getting away with it because they are playing lesser opposition in the Europa League.”

Keane was also critical of match-winner Rashford, as he suggested the teenager avoided a post-match dressing down from his manager after he finally found the back of the net after missing a glut of clear cut chances.

“It was just as well that Rashford scored the winner because you would have been waiting for him in the dressing room after the chances he missed,” said a less than amused Keane.

“In his defence, he is still learning. Rashford’s pace is outstanding and he is getting into positions because of his pace and getting chances, but he needs to improve his finishing.

“People keep talking about his attitude on and off the pitch and an area of his game he has to improve on is his finishing.

“When a player is that quick, they just depend on their pace all the time, but they have to practice and get used to making the right decisions.

“He has to get more shots on target. The one time he does get it on target, he scores the goal.”