ENGLAND – Former Manchester United captain, Roy Keane, has said the Red Devils are “frightened” of mounting a challenge for the Premier League title.
Keane was speaking on BT Sport, after United were held to a 0-0 draw by Arsenal on Saturday.
The Red Devils were hoping to bounce back from their shock 2-1 defeat to Sheffield United in the midweek, but could not beat the Gunners at the Emirates.
They are now three points behind leaders Manchester City, having played a game more than their neighbours.
Keane told Sky Sports: “There’s different pressure. Where they were the last few months, they were getting the plaudits, but they were just sneaking up the table.
“They got into the good habit of winning football matches, even if they weren’t playing great; particularly away from home on the counter-attack.
“But all of a sudden in the last three or four weeks when they’ve got to the top – and people are saying ‘can you win the league’, ‘can you compete with Man City?’
“And it looks like the players have got a bit, almost frightened of the challenge. It’s as if they’ve gone. ‘I don’t think we’re ready for that yet’. It seems to be (they’re happy with second).”