Roy Keane has said he would have had no problem being named Manchester United’s interim manager and shaking things up in the dressing room.
Keane was a longtime defender of former teammate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who was sacked from his managerial post after a string of poor results.
The Premier League club are now expected to appoint Ralf Rangnick to replace him on an interim basis.
Rangnick has beaten a number of other contenders for the post, with Keane previously on the long list of substitutes to get United back on track.
Despite a series of assistant spells between 2013 and 2019, Sky Sports expert Keane has not taken on a team on his own from Ipswich Town in 2011, after a first stint at Sunderland.
There were calls for the Irishman to come and bring some discipline to the side he was leading, and Keane responded to those cries, saying he would have been up to the task.
“Obviously [Old Trafford bosses] were never going to call me, ”Keane admitted. “It was never going to happen.
“I would have no problem walking into any lodge, trying to take control of a lodge.
“I was successful in the Premier League, I don’t think it would have been a problem for me, but it was never going to happen.
“People tend to forget that I was successful before, and I did well in the Premier League with Sunderland.”
Keane was a strong supporter of Solskjaer during his tenure in the dugout, continually preaching for more time for managers.
He has now admitted that Solskjaer’s time is up after a difficult start to the season, but even so, that shouldn’t take the blame away from the underachieving players on the squad.
“I think Ole has had enough time and the results and performance over the past two months have been really, really poor so there weren’t any real surprises after Watford’s game,” a- he declared.
“We have to talk about the players, they are nowhere near good enough for Man United, but as we know the manager always pays the price.
“These players don’t run, they don’t sprint, they don’t close, they don’t work as a team, they work as individuals and they always depend on their talent which is running out for good.
“These guys did what I predicted and threw it under the bus.
“In football, if it was just about possession I would always play, they stopped running out of possession, that’s the biggest challenge, getting those players involved.”
talkSPORT understands United have entered into a six-month interim deal with legendary German coach Rangnick to take over the team.
The 63-year-old will step down as manager of Lokomotiv Moscow to lead United until the end of the season, when he will then step up to a consulting role.
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