Roy Keane: Man United lack characters and leaders

Roy Keane criticises Manchester United's recruitment under Louis van Gaal after their Champions League exit

Roy Keane says Manchester United are lacking characters and leaders in their squad after their humiliating Champions League exit.

The Red Devils suffered a dramatic 3-2 defeat by Bundesliga side Wolfsburg on Tuesday night in their final Champions League group-stage game.

You always associated United with one or two special players who can produce

Roy Keane

United drop down to the Europa League, with domestic rivals Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur already booking their respective places in the last 32 of Europe’s second-tier competition.

Louis van Gaal has been criticised in recent weeks for United’s lack of attacking football following a return of six goals in their last nine games in all competitions before Tuesday’s clash.

Former United captain Keane, who was part of Sir Alex Ferguson’s Champions League-winning squad in 1999 although he was suspended for the final alongside Paul Scholes, believes the Dutchman needs one or two special players in his squad.

“They have a lot of good players, there is no getting away from that, but they are not good enough for Man United,” Keane told ITV Sport.

“You look at the recruitment and they have thrown decent money at it, but they have no special players at the moment. You always associated United with one or two special players who can produce.

“They seem to be lacking a few characters, a few leaders. You look at the goals they conceded (against Wolfsburg) and it’s not good enough.”

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The Red Devils make the trip Eddie Howe’s newly-promoted Bournemouth in the Premier League on Saturday.

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