Keane hits out at Man Utd duo in England’s win over Belgium

October 12, 2020 0 By HearthstoneYarns

Roy Keane was less than impressed by what he saw from Man Utd duo Harry Maguire and Marcus Rashford when on England duty against Belgium on Sunday evening.

The Three Lions moved to the top of Nations League Group A2 with a comeback win over the top-ranked team in the world on Sunday.

Romelu Lukaku put Belgium ahead from the penalty spot before Rashford levelled with a penalty of his own and the 2-1 win was secured courtesy of a deflected Mason Mount strike.


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However, Keane thought England’s decision-making could do with some work against the Belgians.

Keane said on ITV: “We’re talking about decision-making, particularly against very good teams here.

“Listen, [Declan] Rice had an excellent night, I thought he was very good, but here he gets himself into a bit of a mess with his decision-making.

“He gets dragged into the ball where he really doesn’t have to.

“When you make a mistake like that you hope your team-mate helps you out but then it’s compounded by Maguire, they’ve made a bad situation worse.

“Maguire then goes when he doesn’t have to go and straight away you’re thinking, ‘We’re in trouble here’ because you look at this boy, Lukaku, big, strong, powerful player and you know he’s going to outrun Dier.

“In a defensive position your plan is to slow him up if you can and show him wide but Dier does the opposite to that.”

Rashford was another Man Utd player that came in for criticism, he added: “Rashford in the first-half was going through the motions. I just want to make a point, Rashford, his body language in the first half, he needs to do better.

“And then he started doing what he should be doing, running at people, getting forward, doing things quickly.

“Gareth Southgate should have said something at half-time, cut out this nonsense, kind of standing on the ball.

“Pass it and run, pass it and move and, again, it was excellent play between Rice and Rashford at the end but simplify the game. Remember what got you into this England team and that’s running at people. That’s your strength.”