Roy Keane Blasts Premier League, Man United, Michael Carrick's Wife Fires Back

BR-UK StaffFeatured Columnist IVFebruary 25, 2014

Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane, left, and manager Martin O'Neill, right, watch their team play against Latvia during a soccer International at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Ireland, Friday, Nov. 15, 2013.  (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)
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The fallout of Manchester United's 2-0 defeat to Olympiakos just gets juicier and juicier.

Let's be honest, it's not just the blunder in Greeceit's been the buildup of a mediocre season for a club with such lofty standards.

Afterward, Manchester United legend-turned-pundit Roy Keane blasted United and the Premier League as a whole, on the heels of all three of the league's sides losing that have competed so far. 

Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal all fell in the first legs of their Champions League ties by an identical 2-0 scoreline. 

Keane said on ITV, (via

I think we've been brainwashed by the [idea that] the Premier League is the best league in the world. Nonsense. 

It's the best brand, but we've seen over the last few weeks with a lot of the English teams struggling that these teams have fallen behind the top teams in Europe, and United in particular...

I think David Moyes will be shocked. He went into United in the summer expecting great things, he's probably looked at them at close quarters and I would say, privately, that he is shocked with the lack of quality that he is working with. 

It's been a tough night for supporters and for Moyes and his staff. I don't think anybody of us could've predicted that. They just never turned up. Let's also give credit to Olympiakos, they were very, very good, they were on the front foot and technically they were better than Untied tonight. 

He went even further in his criticism of Manchester United, using Michael Carrick's post-match interview as a jumping-off point to lambast the visitors as a whole. 

That interview was just like their performance: flat. Say a bit more, have a bit more urgency even in the interview, that just reflected it, flat, no urgency, they keep saying 'Next game, next game', for some of them there won't be another game, that's the reality for him.  

Using Carrick's interview as a mechanism didn't sit well with Carrick's wife Lisa, for obvious reasons. She tweeted out: "Roy Keane what a **** says anything to provoke a reaction .. That's all .. Done .." 

Shortly afterward, she deleted the tweet, but not before it was captured by the Daily Mail

via Daily Mail


Deleted my tweet .. Emotions got the better of me .. Just disappointed

— LisaCarrick (@LisaJCarrick) February 25, 2014