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Keane: Manchester United players ’threw Mourinho under the bus.’

Roy Keane has slammed Manchester United’s players for downing tools under Jose Mourinho, saying that the whole situation at the club is ‘a joke’.

Mourinho fell on his sword earlier this week after steering Manchester United to their worst start to a season in living memory, with the Red Devils already 19 points behind league leaders Liverpool after just 17 Premier League games.

The Portuguese has been replaced by United legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who has vowed to reunite the players who had grown increasingly unhappy and frustrated by Mourinho’s methods.

However, former United captain Keane, who certainly hasn’t shied away from a bit of controversy and confrontation during his own managerial career, has slammed the current crop of players for throwing Mourinho under the bus.

“I don’t think it’s a simple as that (blaming someone). It’s a combination of lots of things. David Moyes signed a six-year deal and I don’t think he was given enough time and he probably didn’t get the targets he was after.’’ Keane told BBC five live.

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“Then Louis van Gaal comes in and everyone get a bit fed up with too much possession. Apparently the players got fed up with the meetings there and now, apparently, they’re upset with Jose Mourinho.

“I don’t think the recruitment’s been great and I do think the players get away with murder, in the way they hide behind the manager. Whatever you say about the players, they threw Mourinho under the bus.

“People say he fell out with players, but you would when they turn up overweight, aren’t training properly and aren’t producing. Then for some of them to down tools, shame on some of those players. It’s a bit of a joke, really.”

Solskjaer takes his new team to face his former side, Cardiff City, on Saturday evening. You can preview and follow the game in our Live Centre.

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