Roy Keane ‘losing confidence’ in Man Utd as pundit savages Fulham win

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Roy Keane says he is losing confidence in Manchester United due to the “bad habits” that have plagued their recent performances even though Erik ten Hag’s battled past nine-man Fulham to reach the FA Cup semi-finals. The former Red Devils captain was far from impressed by what he saw from his former side, with a second-half collapse from their opponents helping United to set up another trip to Wembley where they will face Brighton for a place in the final.

Aleksandr Mitrovic had put Fulham ahead before seeing red for angrily pushing referee Chris Kavanagh moments after Willian was also dismissed for handling the ball off the line.

United ruthlessly capitalised as Bruno Fernandes helped himself to two goals while Marcel Sabitzer also found the target for the first time since signing on loan from Bayern Munich on transfer deadline day.

But despite a strong show of character from United, Keane was concerned by the complacency he saw from some of United’s key players.

He told ITV: “I’ve lost that little bit of confidence watching them now.

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“A month or two ago you’re thinking, yeah, listen, they’re up for it, but in the cup, the last few games they just have a real habit of trying to play in moments.

That’s okay every now and again but it just seems to be their DNA at the moment. I think they’ve got into some real bad habits and it’s as if they’re turning up today expecting we’ve got quality players and Man United are gonna win football matches.

“But if they turn up with that attitude for the semi-final Brighton will beat them. It gives them a bit of a kick up the backside.”

After the match, Gabriel Clarke had asked goalscorer Sabitzer whether United’s victory was more a case of Fulham imploding as opposed to the Red Devils turning on the style.

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The Austrian wasn’t best pleased as he backed his side’s performance but Keane was in agreement that Fulham were the ones that handed United the win on a plate.

He added: “It was self destruction there really with the incident, particularly for the penalty, and then the reaction from the manager and the players.

“Obviously it’s an emotional game, we’ve all been there, but it’s a mad 90 seconds that’s cost them the game. Gabriel [Clarke] made the point there, it’s not necessarily about United winning the game, it’s about obviously Fulham finding a way to lose, so I have no sympathy for Fulham.

“They can get one or two plaudits, they won’t be getting any of them from me. They had an opportunity and they blew it.”

Ten Hag was more than pleased with United’s show of character and in his view, winning was the sole objective no matter how United got there.

“That [winning] was the aim. We did it, we are happy with the win. We showed great character. Every time this team comes out, they show the personality and the determination needed,” he told BBC Sport.

“Fulham are a good team and you have to be good to overcome them. I think we had a good first half. We had great moments in the attacking transition and we should have been two or three goals up.”

United are back in action next Sunday when they travel to Newcastle in Premier League action.

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