Manchester United legend Roy Keane has always been vocal about his opinions on the performances of players at his former club.

Now, as United manager Erik ten Hag works on reshaping the team, Keane may be pleased with the potential exits of certain players. Keane has never shied away from expressing his thoughts on what is happening at Old Trafford and the ex-midfielder’s comments have often sparked discussions among pundits and fans.

In the past, Keane criticised United’s midfield options, specifically Nemanja Matic, Fred, and Scott McTominay. He believed that these players were not up to the level required for a club like United.

In his role as a pundit on Sky Sports in 2020, Keane said: “People talk about Fred and McTominay in midfield, they’ve had their chance, we’ve seen them.

“I don’t think they’re bad players, but they won’t get United back to winning league titles. Tim [Cahill, fellow pundit] makes a point there about Man United having great players, I don’t see it, I don’t see the great players.”

The former Republic of Ireland international added: “[Donny] van de Beek has come into the club, and there’s nothing wrong with biding your time, but if you think Fred, McTominay and Matic in midfield will get Man United back to the heights of winning titles, then you’re living in cuckoo land.

“They won’t, I think they’re good players – I like them – but not to the next level, and that’s surely what United are looking for.”

Since then, Matic has already left United, joining Roma on a free transfer last summer. There is now a possibility that Fred and McTominay could also be on their way out of the club, reports the Express.

The Red Devils are reportedly open to offers for both players, with Fred attracting interest from Galatasaray. As things stand, the club are yet to receive an offer that they deem acceptable but the writing appears to be on the wall for the pair.

West Ham have shown an interest in signing McTominay and recently made a bid of £30 million for the Scotland international. United rejected the offer and it remains to be seen whether the Hammers will return with an improved bid, as they wrap up the signing of McTominay’s Old Trafford teammate Harry Maguire.

If they do, then it seems highly likely Keane will be granted his wish – albeit three years down the line.

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