Man Utd legend Roy Keane sends Man City and Liverpool warning to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Manchester United great Roy Keane says the feel-good factor is back at Old Trafford – but has warned his former club there is still a long way to go to catch up with rivals Manchester City and Liverpool. United were on an unbeaten run of 11 matches in all competitions when football was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic last month.

The arrival of Bruno Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon in January rejuvenated the United squad and helped them reach fifth in the Premier League table.

Keane says things could get even better for United when Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba return from their respective injuries.

However, he thinks there is still a large gap to close on current leaders Liverpool and back-to-back champions City.

“There is certainly a feel-good factor back at United over the last couple of games,” Keane told The Football Show.

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“There’s also the thought in the back of your mind where you think if Paul Pogba can come back and Marcus Rashford can get fit this season, it would be a big boost for them.

“But it’s still a long way back for United yet, they are a long way behind Manchester City and Liverpool.

“The signs are obviously a lot better than they were six to 12 months ago, the signings have all settled in well and will only get better with time.

“If we get around to playing games and they can have a good finish to the season, get one or two very good players again in the summer then that’s another big step in terms of their recovery, but there is still a bit to go.”

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Meanwhile, Keane says Premier League footballers should not be forced to take pay cuts because of the current situation.

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil is one of three Gunners players to refuse the 12.5 per cent cut the club have requested the squad take.

“If certain players in the dressing room wanted to give up their wages or keep their wages, good luck to them, but that’s up to the individual,” Keane added.

“This idea that we should be getting players to give up their wages with the big, big clubs – forget about it.

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“These clubs are the first to tell you that this is a business, this is how it works.

“Let’s get through these next few months if we’re a business and we’ll get through it.

“These guys have billionaires in the background – they’re ruthless, they’re shrewd people.

“Then they come looking for the players and they’re discussing cash-flow problems etc, I’ve heard it all before. I take no notice of it.”

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