Roy Keane tears 'lazy' West Ham United trio to shreds in ITV meltdown v Manchester United
Roy Keane was furious with West Ham United’s attackers during his half-time analysis of the 3-1 defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford on Wednesday night.
David Moyes’ men had a few chances to take the lead in the opening 45 minutes and one of their best was when Emerson Palmieri got himself in a good position on the left wing and fired in a dangerous cross across the box.
However, Emerson’s crosses eluded everyone in the box, mainly because West Ham’s Said Benrahma, Lucas Paqueta and Pablo Fornals didn’t bother attacking the ball.
All three were shown by ITV footage to be standing near the edge of the penalty area instead of getting themselves into the six-yard box as Emerson’s cross fizzed in.
Keane was absolutely furious with the three attackers as he went into a full-on meltdown at half time.
Speaking on ITV1 on Wednesday night (1 March, 08:41pm), Keane said: “They’ve certainly got in some good areas and good pockets but what I would say, I think the players can be lazy sometimes.
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“When they get in a good positions they’ve been flashing it across the goal and getting good little opportunities like this.
“But you’ve got to get players in the box.”
ITV then showed the replay of Emerson’s cross going into a good area but none of Benrahma, Paqueta or Fornals ran in to attack the ball.
“To me, that’s just laziness,” Keane continued.
“Players are watching. You’ve got to get in and get yourself a goal.
“That’s not what good players do. They have a desire and a hunger to get in the box.
“It’s a great opportunity, lovely ball. They’re not going to get too many opportunities like that.
“Get in the box!”
Got to do more
That’s the difference, isn’t it?
West Ham have been in a Premier League relegation battle this season because there’s just not enough oompf from their attacking players.
While we admit there are issues across the whole pitch, we’ve not seen enough from those who are going forward.
Our 4-0 win over Nottingham Forest was out of the ordinary, really.
Before that, we’d scored 19 goals in 23 Premier League games, which was among one of the worst records in the English top flight.
Where was Michail Antonio in this attack? Why wasn’t Fornals busting a gut at the back post to try and get on the end of Emerson’s post?
It was inexcusable.
Moyes will be furious with things like this.
It’s a lack of application and a lack of anticipation.
We need players who are better than this, seriously.