| 19.8°C Dublin

Keane blames players


United's Alexis Sanchez

United's Alexis Sanchez


United's Alexis Sanchez

Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane has accused the current Old Trafford players of throwing Jose Mourinho "under the bus".

The Irishman's broadside comes just days after Mourinho was sacked as United boss, having presided over their worst Premier League start.

Mourinho had reportedly fallen out with several of his first-team stars towards the end of his two-and-a-half-year United tenure and Keano feels the behaviour of the players is partly to blame.

Keane said: "I do think the players get away with murder, just the way they hide behind the manager.

"People say Mourinho has been falling out with players, well you would fall out with players when players turn up overweight or aren't training properly and not producing. For some of them to down tools, shame on some of those players.

"I'm not Mourinho's biggest fan but I just can't tolerate players who hide behind their agents, their pals in the media. It's a bit of a joke, really."

Keane won seven Premier League titles, four FA Cups and a Champions League during 13 seasons at United and believes any player unrest during his time would have been quelled.

He added: "It wouldn't have happened in our dressing room because we had good characters and good leaders. We wouldn't have tolerated lads not putting a shift in.

"But the modern player, they're not just weak players, they're very weak human beings. You can't say a word to them.

"Players really do get away with murder and it's really frustrating."

Meanwhile, United striker Alexis Sanchez (pictured) has denied betting on Mourinho's sacking with a teammate.

A report claimed the Chile international had told defender Marcus Rojo he owed him £20,000 in the wake of Mourinho's exit.

But Sanchez, who Mourinho signed in January, says the claims are not true.

"This is FALSE!!!" he wrote on Twitter. "Jose gave me the chance to play for the best team in the world and I only have gratitude for him."