Roy Keane insists Virgil van Dijk was wrong to critcise Man United

Roy Keane insists Virgil van Dijk was wrong to slam Man United’s tactics against Liverpool… claiming he would never ‘criticise a team for the way they played’ to earn a result against his side

  • Van Dijk claimed that only one team attempted to win as Liverpool faced United 
  • Roy Keane believes the Red Devils had to do what was necessary to survive 
  • Roy Keane is right! Virgil van Dijk is disrespectful. We all thought Man United would get pasted so Erik ten Hag was RIGHT to set up like that – It’s All Kicking Off

Roy Keane has doubled down on his criticism of Virgil van Dijk after he slammed Manchester United’s tactics against Liverpool.

Liverpool captain Van Dijk had hit out at Man United following the 0-0 stalemate at Anfield last Sunday, suggesting the Red Devils had set out to secure a bore draw.  

‘How we played the game, having most of the ball, there was only one team that was trying to win the game, unfortunately it didn’t happen,’ said Van Dijk. ‘We were superior in all aspects. They are buzzing with a point and we are disappointed.’ 

Van Dijk’s comments came after Liverpool had been unable to find a breakthrough despite having 34 shots during the match.

Former Man United captain Keane accused Van Dijk of being ‘arrogant’ and ‘disrespectful’ in his post-match remarks on Sky Sports.

Roy Keane insists Virgil van Dijk was wrong to criticise Man United’s tactics against Liverpool

Van Dijk had claimed only one team was trying to win the game at Anfield last weekend

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Keane maintains Van Dijk was wrong to hit out at Man United’s tactics, claiming survival was the ‘name of the game’ for Erik ten Hag’s under-fire side at Anfield.

‘I saw Crystal Palace go to Manchester City – Crystal Palace are no Manchester United, and you should see the way they were set up, and we all praised Roy Hodgson and they managed to get a draw,’ Keane told the Stick to Football podcast, brought to you by Sky Bet.

‘I didn’t see anyone from City criticising Crystal Palace.

‘The fact they scored in the game might be slightly different, but I think when you’re going into certain games, survival is the name of the game – Man United will take the point.

‘I didn’t see United after the game having over the top celebrations as if they were delighted to get away with a point – they would’ve taken it before the game.

‘Every one of us before the game said we all fancy Liverpool.

‘He [Virgil van Dijk] is entitled to his opinion as well, he’s entitled to maybe get something wrong. I’ve said things after games when I was at United and thought that it was a bit over the top, but that was generally against my own team.

‘I don’t think ever in my career I criticised a team for the way they played, because every team must find [something] different.

‘You have to admire that’s part of the game as well.’

An under-fire Manchester United side secured a valuable point at Anfield on Sunday


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Keane added that Van Dijk would previously have played in Celtic and Southampton sides that would have had to set up in a similar manner to secure big results.

The Man United legend also highlighted how Klopp had previously earned praise for claiming impressive European results during his time at Borussia Dortmund, where his side had sat deep and hit opponents on the break.

Van Dijk has insisted there was honesty but no arrogance in his post-match comments, admitting his frustration that Liverpool had failed to make the breakthrough.

The draw saw Liverpool miss the chance to return to the top of the Premier League table above Arsenal.

Liverpool, following their 5-1 win over West Ham in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals, will face Arsenal in a top of the table clash on Saturday. 

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