‘Maybe they’re scared’— Roy Keane, on why Man United can’t win big games

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Roy Keane, has suggested that Manchester United’s struggles against top opposition in the Premier League this season could be a mental problem.

The Red Devils are yet to pick up maximum points against any of the top six sides in England this term, despite losing only two of them.

United’s latest match up against top English opposition came on Sunday, when we took a trip to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea, in what ended goalless. And Keane has revealed his displeasure with the way we have approached games of this nature this season.

According to the former United captain, we haven’t played to win in these games, and that could be down to a lack of desire and a feeling of contentment with a draw on the part of the players.

Speaking on Sky Sports recently, he said, “From that second-half performance, I think they’re probably concentrating on trying to cement second-place and win a cup.

“Maybe they are scared from the Spurs game, I don’t know. I don’t know this group obviously, we’re just guessing, but maybe their mindset is when they’re going into these games, I’ve seen poor games.

“Sometimes you can have a 0-0 and it’s a great game, the goalkeepers have done fantastic, missed penalties, whatever, but some of the games we’ve watched, we’ve covered, have been really boring.

“We dressed it up before the game about it being a clean sheet and some positives, but the lack of goals from United’s point of view with the good players they have on the pitch, it might be something with their mindset, or again as the game goes on, settling for the draw and not looking to be beaten.

“I always think the Man United mindset, the onus is on you to win a football match and you take an element of risk to losing whereas the mindset of United at the moment is to not be beaten in these big games, instead of going: ‘Listen, let’s go for it’.”