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Former United skipper doesn't hold back as he accuses Solskjaer's side of showing fear

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Manchester United were unable to make the breakthrough at Arsenal (Andy Rain/PA)

Manchester United were unable to make the breakthrough at Arsenal (Andy Rain/PA)

Manchester United were unable to make the breakthrough at Arsenal (Andy Rain/PA)

Roy Keane accused Manchester United's players of showing fear as their title hopes took another hit in a disappointing 0-0 draw against Arsenal.

United failed to bounce back from their surprise 2-1 home defeat against Sheffield United on Wednesday night, as they turn in another desperate display that lacked cutting edge at Emirates Stadium.

The result leaves United three points behind leaders Manchester City, who also have a game in hand as they look to be asserting control of a title race that has swung in their favour over the last month.

Keane didn't hold back as he picked holes in United's performance, as he suggested he was confused by their inconsistency that has been a hallmark of their season.

"I’m scratching my head with United, the worry watching them today was they almost lacked the belief they could win the game," Keane told Sky Sports.

"This is Manchester United. The game was there for the taking, imagine playing for Manchester United and lacking the belief of going to win the game.

"The performance lacked the intensity, you can make excuses but there was a real lack of quality and conviction and desire to get the result and Arsenal deserved the point."

Keane suggested the pressure of being hailed as title contenders may have got to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his players, after a week that has seen their ambitions slide.

"I'm scratching my head with United. The worry for me watching them today, they almost lacked the belief they could go and win the game," Keane told Sky Sports.

"It's Man Utd, you're looking at Arsenal who are missing a few players, the game was there for the taking.

"Overall their performance lacked that intensity. There was a real lack of quality today from Man Utd, and a real lack of conviction and desire to go and take the game to Arsenal. And Arsenal certainly deserved their draw, at least.

"Where they were the last few months, they were getting the plaudits and they were just kind of sneaking up the table. But they got in the habit of winning football matches, even if they weren't playing great," he said.

"But all of a sudden, the last three or four weeks, when they've got to the top, people are saying 'can you win the league, can you compete with Man City?'. And it looks as if the players have got almost frightened of the challenge, 'I don't think we're ready for that yet'.

"That Sheffield United result can happen. And if you turn up with a bad attitude it is going to happen.

"You play for Man Utd, and Ole keeps talking about these players, saying 'they're winners, they're winners'. Well come on, then. Show us. It is Man Utd. You signed to win football matches, to win big prizes.

"My worry, having watched them today - and I've had question marks over this group of players for the last number of years - I look at them, you've got into this great position, are you ready for it? And it looks like they're almost frightened of it. You're playing for Man Utd. Grab it. Go for it."

United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had a different view of the game, as he suggested he was satisfied with his side's efforts despite their lack of cutting edge.

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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer saw his side draw a blank at Arsenal (Andy Rain/PA)

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer saw his side draw a blank at Arsenal (Andy Rain/PA)

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer saw his side draw a blank at Arsenal (Andy Rain/PA)

"I'm pleased with the performance," declared the United boss. "We come away with a clean sheet and we had good chances. We need to get our forwards firing again. That's the next step now.

""I felt first half we dominated. Second half was more end-to-end but we had a good period and they had a period.

"The Sheffield United result of course was disappointing when you're at home. If you feel, away at Arsenal, you deserve a win that's a step forward.

"We take the point and move on to Southampton on Tuesday. It's like an NBA season this, on the road again."

United will now look to get back to winning ways when they take on Southampton at Old Trafford on Tuesday night in their next Premier League assignment.

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