Manchester United’s dreadful run against the ‘Big 6’ of the Premier League extended after the draw against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last Sunday. Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane slammed them for their poor form against the top teams in the league.
Manchester United is still to secure a win against the ‘Big 6’ of the Premier League this season. The goalless draw against Chelsea was Manchester United’s 7th game against the traditional ‘Big 6’ of the Premier League. All the matches were low-intensity and low-scoring except the game against Tottenham Hotspurs which the Red Devils lost by 6-1 at Old Trafford.
In the seven games against the top teams of Premier League, Manchester United only secured 5 points and still to register a win against them. They have dropped a total of 16 points in these matches and now 12 points behind the league leaders Manchester City.
The Red Devils have been highly criticized for their poor form against the top teams of the Premier League. Even their Portuguese talisman Bruno Fernandes has just 1 goal in these seven games without any assists.
Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane told Sky Sports, “I think Man Utd are looking at the teams more behind them and trying to keep the distance, instead of saying ‘let’s go and win football matches’. I think that’s why you’re at Man Utd – to win matches and try and chase Man City down.”
“From that second-half performance, yes [they have given up the fight]. I think they’re concentrating on cementing second place and winning a cup. A real lack of quality from United. When you look back at the big games where they’ve not produced, that must be a concern. They have scored the most goals in the league, so they do try to win, but in these games, I think their mindset is ‘let’s not be beaten’.”- he added.
“Maybe they are scarred from the Spurs game. Some of these games have been really boring, considering there are some really good attacking players on the team. The lack of goals from United players might be something to do with their mindset, or just settling for the draw. Their mindset is just not to be beaten in these big games, rather than going for it.”