EPL: Roy Keane names 6 Man Utd players who were ‘energy sappers’

 Former Manchester United captain, Roy Keane has named some of the players in the squad who he described as “energy sappers”.

Keane was speaking on Sky Sports after United qualified for the Carabao Cup final, thanks to a 5-0 aggregate win over Nottingham Forest.

According to him, the Red Devils were “rock bottom” before Erik ten Hag’s arrival at Old Trafford.

“When the new manager came in, Man United were rock bottom. But what was the key was the five or six players who left. I’m not knocking all these players but they were experienced – Paul Pogba, Juan Mata, Nemanja Matic, Jesse Lingard – lads who were around and kind of knew they were leaving, their contracts were up.

“That wasn’t helping whereas there definitely feels like there’s a new energy, the manager has obviously put a few markers on since the start of the season. That momentum, the feel-good energy is back at the club, you feel the energy levels are slightly different.

“[Cristiano] Ronaldo has been moved on, but also the other five or six players who left. These were big players like [Edinson] Cavani. They were fringe players coming off the bench and when they did come on, they weren’t bringing much to the party, they felt they should have been starting. They’ve got to come on and be ready, whereas the fringe last year who weren’t involved, you felt they were energy sappers,” Keane said.