Roy Keane says Manchester United’s defeat to Arsenal was ‘a reality check’ with the club failing to ‘move on from their past problems’.
The Red Devils lost 3-2 in a five-goal thriller at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday with Erik ten Hag’s men now trailing the table-toppers by 11 points.
United took the lead in the 17th minute through Marcus Rashford’s stunning strike from range, before Eddie Nketiah equalised shortly after.
Bukayo Saka then fired the Gunners into the lead in the second half with his own effort from outside the box before Lisandro Martinez levelled up the scoring as he capitalised on Aaron Ramsdale’s error.
After mounting pressure from the hosts, United finally buckled in the 90th minute when Nketiah tapped the ball home from a few yards out.
It was United’s first defeat since losing 3-1 against Aston Villa in November and the second game in a row they have conceded at the death.
And United legend Keane has acknowledged that while his former employers have improved, they are ‘still well short’ of challenging for the Premier League title.
He also suggested there are still question marks over Luke Shaw, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Fred and Scott McTominay.
Giving his analysis on Sky Sports, Keane said: “United have made progress but at the end of the game, I’m looking at Shaw still at left back – there are questions over him.
“Wan Bissaka, Fred, McTominay – it’s like Manchester United haven’t moved on from the problems in the past.
“I’m not blaming them as it was a tough game, give credit to Arsenal. It was a reality check. I still think United are well short.
“They were missing players today but a squad like United should be able to deal with it.
“Then when the going got tough you are looking at the bench and it wasn’t great. For all the money United have spent they are still well short.
“I think they are certs for top four, maybe win a cup, but in terms of competing for league titles there is a way to go.”
Keane also stressed that Arsenal were deserving winners, adding: “They are in a great place with momentum.
“There’s an innocence about them but there is a nastiness too. That was a big challenge today.
“In tight games where they were up against it and they showed character and personality.
“We saw that today. They have experience, youth and pace. Good options off the bench. It will take a lot to stop them.”
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