Roy Keane has cast doubt over the chances of Manchester United being in the title race this year following a damning 2-0 defeat against Tottenham Hotspur away from home.

United were outfought and struggled to physically impose themselves on the game, particularly in the second half as Spurs took the game away from United early on in the second half.

Erik ten Hag’s side looked out of ideas as soon as Pape Matar Sarr’s shot hit the roof of the net and, despite Antony striking the post a minute or two later, there were worrying signs for United.

Roy Keane, who is typically forthright in his opinions around the club that he was a captain of, has given his verdict on whether United, in their current state, could challenge for the Premier League title.

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‘You’re in cloud cuckoo land’

Speaking after the game on Sky Sports, Keane was very damning when asked whether United had any chance of ending their 10-year league title drought.

“The title? forget it you’re in cuckoo land,” Keane said to Dave Jones when the presenter asked for Keane’s thoughts. “Forget about it. There’s no chance, there are too many issues in the squad.

“The set pieces, Marcus (Rashford) having to play as striker, and the wingers, too. This team is no good away from home.”

Is Keane right?

Despite the Irishman’s forthright opinions around the club, it’s hard to disagree with Keane.

The former midfielder knows what it takes to win a Premier League title as a player and frankly, United are nowhere near that level.

The midfield balance, or lack thereof, is causing United issues and Keane, a powerful midfielder in his day, will probably be tearing his hair out as the performance during the second half descended into mediocrity.

With two weeks left of the transfer window, United need another midfielder and Sofyan Amrabat, who has similar aggressive tendencies that Keane had, could well be the answer to the midfield problems United are facing.

It’s a race against time for the Red Devils to complete the deal with sales desperately needed to help ease the financial fair play concerns.

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