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‘They worry me’ – Roy Keane names the Man Utd players he fears playing Chelsea


Roy Keane feared Manchester United’s defence would be in for a busy evening (Picture: Sky Sports)

Roy Keane admits he was worried by Manchester United’s back four when he saw the team news for their clash with Chelsea.

Michael Carrick takes charge of his second game as caretaker boss in United’s trip to Chelsea this evening and already made a huge call in dropping Cristiano Ronaldo.

The caretaker boss benched the five-time Ballon d’Or winner with Bruno Fernandes leading the line alongside Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford.

It meant Nemanja Matic, Fred and Scott McTominay all started in a three-man midfield.

But the back four – Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Victor Lindelof, Eric Bailly and Alex Telles – concerned Keane the most.

‘They’ll be a threat no doubt when United get decent possession but the problem is like we’ve seen recently, going back to Watford, Liverpool, Man City games is when they’re out of possession,’ Keane said on Sky Sports ahead of kick-off.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka has his work cut out against Chelsea’s wing-backs (Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

‘That’s the problem for Manchester United, they are so open.

‘They’ve gone with three in midfield today but you still look at the back four and the attacking players… are they going to close people down and get the ball back against a confident Chelsea team?

‘My gut feeling before and looking at the team, I’d be worried for United today, the back four in particular.

‘Ok you’ve got the three midfield will be up against it no doubt and I think Carrick there’s meant a defensive team but the back four would really worry me. I’m worried.’

Speaking on his decision to drop Ronaldo, Carrick explained: ‘A few tweaks and changes from the other night, to change things up a bit.

‘Cristiano is probably our standout name, but it’s just gameplan, ideas. I had a good chat with Cristiano actually, he was great, and we’ve decided to go like that today. Really looking forward to the game.

‘It’s a decision just to pick a team, to be honest. I don’t think it needs more drama than that.

‘Everyone is fine, all the boys who have come out of the team have been terrific around the place, Cristiano included, fantastic with the boys, supporting them 100 per cent and ready to come on if and when needed.

‘We’re happy with the team we’ve picked, for sure. We’ve come here to try and win the game, like we do every single game.’


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