Erik ten Hag faced criticism from Roy Keane for praising Bruno Fernandes following Manchester United’s recent win against Everton. Keane dismissed ten Hag’s commendation as “absolute rubbish,” emphasizing his belief that United should be ashamed of their current Premier League standing.
Despite grappling with injuries and a challenging atmosphere at Goodison Park, Manchester United secured a convincing 3-0 victory over Everton. Alejandro Garnacho, Anthony Martial, and Marcus Rashford contributed to the win, with Fernandes relinquishing a penalty kick to Rashford in a gesture to boost the latter’s confidence. Post-match, ten Hag lauded Fernandes for his leadership, a sentiment Keane strongly disagreed with, expressing his belief that United should be striving for higher positions in the league.
Keane pointed out United’s current sixth-place standing, indicating that in previous years, such a position would have been deemed embarrassing. He stressed the necessity for United to compete with top-tier teams like Liverpool, Manchester City, Arsenal, and others, urging the team to consistently perform in significant matches, especially their upcoming fixture against Newcastle.
Despite United’s recent string of victories, Keane’s critique resonates, highlighting tougher challenges looming for ten Hag both domestically and in Europe. The team faces a pivotal Champions League encounter against Galatasaray, with both sides vying for a spot in the knockout stages. United, currently at the bottom, must secure a victory in Istanbul to improve their European fate.