Roy Keane Criticizes United’s Choice to Bring Juan Mata From the Bench in their 1-1 Draw with Chelsea.

Roy Keane Criticizes United’s Choice to Bring Juan Mata From the Bench in their 1-1 Draw with Chelsea.

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29 Apr 2022
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Ralf Rangnick’s decision to bring Juan Mata off the bench instead of giving a youngster a chance against Chelsea has been slammed by Roy Keane.

The Red Devils drew 1-1 with Thomas Tuchel’s team at Old Trafford, with several academy players sitting on the bench due to United’s injury issues. Off the bench, Alejandro Garnacho was given a chance, but Juan Mata and Phil Jones were selected ahead of Hannibal Mejbri, Shola Shoretire, and Alvaro Fernandez. Keane was particularly critical of Mata’s introduction, but he also made digs at Nemanja Matic, who started the game, and Jones, who came on later.

‘Today we’re talking about Matic, who is being interviewed after the game about leaving,’ he said. ’There are three games remaining; stop talking about your departure; you made a statement a few weeks ago. Mata has come in for Man United once more like he has done in the last several games. Get those young youngsters on the field, it’s almost like a monument to Mata, I felt it was his testimonial tonight.’

‘When you’re Man United, you’re in it for the points. You’re in it for the glory. Everyone applauds when it’s said, “We’ll give him a game, we’ll bring (Phil) Jones on.”

‘You’re attempting to win a football game.’ Forget about “we’ll give someone 20 minutes since he’s departing in a few weeks” and “we’ll give someone 20 minutes because he’s leaving in a few weeks.”

‘You should have left two years ago,’ says the narrator. There are a couple of them. Yet they’re all coming on getting there little 20 minutes. Mata comes in and I know Gary (Neville) was praising him, he got a couple of touches, but get some of the young players on.’

‘Hopefully, they’ll stay and get a taste of playing at Old Trafford in the future.’ Mata is departing in a few weeks, and you hired him last week. Mata isn’t going to make any changes to the game.’

Mata and Matic’s contracts are scheduled to expire in the summer, and they are expected to leave the club.


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