Jamie Carragher and Roy Keane came to blows over Manchester United’s progress under Ole Gunna Solskjaer in January 2020… shortly before the team went on a superb run
Jamie Carragher and Roy Keane enjoyed a heated debated after Manchester United’s 1-1 draw against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday evening.
Keane argued the Portuguese should always start the big games for the Red Devils, while Carragher thinks he’s “not the player he was”.
The fiery debate was watched millions of times overnight – and it’s not the first time the two have locked horns over United’s problems.
Back in January 2020, the two legends rowed over the team’s progress under manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after Liverpool’s 2-0 victory at Anfield.
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At the time, United were fifth in the Premier League table – five points behind Chelsea in fourth.
Before his arrival, though, Solskjaer’s future at the club was looking bleak. And, as we now know, he would leave Old Trafford without winning silverware as a manager.
The debate started when Keane asked: “What about the previous [Man Utd] managers over the past few years? Are you saying they’re all bad managers?”
Carragher : “At Manchester United? Do you think they did good jobs? You slaughtered Mourinho when he was in the job!”
Keane : “But he needed more time.”
Carragher : “He needed more time? You think Mourinho needed more time on the back of their performance here last year?”
Keane : “Absolutely. That’s the name of the game. We question whether Ole’s up to it and say, ‘Look at his CV.’ Yet for some reason managers go to other clubs and are given the benefit of the doubt.”
Carragher : “It’s probably their CV that gives them the benefit of the doubt.”
Keane : “Look at Frank Lampard at Chelsea, I saw them last night.”
Carragher : “He’s been in the job six months!”
Keane : “And I’d say the same. Give him time. Give Ole a bit of time. How long has Ole been in the job? Give the man a chance. I watched Chelsea last night, they’re a decent team.”
“But they couldn’t get the job done. Lampard has lost eight games, but for some reason, ‘Frank’s doing alright.’ Maybe because he’s English, I don’t know.”
Carragher : “Well he’s ahead of Manchester United and he hasn’t had a transfer window yet.”
Keane : “Look at Frank’s track record and CV. He went to Derby and didn’t get promoted, but Frank is suddenly the answer for Chelsea. Give him time.
“It’s nothing to do with Ole and all this carry on. And the three managers before Ole, are you saying they don’t know what the game is about, Jamie? They know what the game is about.”
Carragher : “So tell me what the problem is at Manchester United!”
Keane : “David Moyes was given a six-year contract, Alex Ferguson was on the pitch going, ‘Get behind the manager, back him!’
“And I would have given him a bit more time, not eight months. And I wouldn’t have sacked him on Twitter. Are you telling me Moyes didn’t deserve more than eight months?”
Carragher : “I think he did, yeah.”
Keane : “He did, absolutely.”
Carragher : “So, would you still have him there in the job? How long would you give Ole?”
Keane : “I’d give Ole certainly another year. 100 per cent. Another year.”