Roy Keane has hit out at Manchester United's players following the recent sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, insisting they "threw him under the bus."

Solskjaer was sacked last Sunday morning following the 4-1 defeat to Watford less than 24 hours earlier, meaning United head into this afternoon's clash with Chelsea under the stewardship of interim boss Michael Carrick.

Keane, in the run up to Solskjaer's departure, had predicted that the players would, eventually, cost the Norwegian his job, with the former Reds captain now revisiting his past admission.

He has heavily criticised the players for their lack of work out of possession, insisting they don't produce the same level of desire and hunger when looking to regain the ball as the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City do.

For the former United skipper, that is what separates the Reds from being able to challenge the Premier League's current title contenders.

Keane told Sky Sports : "They are not working as hard as the three teams at the top who are brilliant, have a lot of talent, well coached and they run; United's players have stopped running in the last couple of months.

"Marcus Rashford has said that the players have to take responsibility - but these players don't. We saw a great example after the Watford game, where the players have gone over and tried to defend their manager.

"It was too late; the damage was done.

"I said over the last year or two that leopards don't change their spots. Man United have talented players, particularly in possession. But, unfortunately, the game is also about when you're out of possession.

"If you want to compare them to Chelsea, Liverpool and Man City, it is chalk and cheese. These players don't run, they don't sprint, they don't close down, they don't work as a team and they work as individuals. They're almost just depending on their talent, which is coming up short as well.

"That is not enough to win the big prizes and it is not good enough. We talk about culture, and I don't know what's gone on in terms of on the training pitch every single day, but the signs are, again, that this United group does not work hard enough.

"They don't seem like good enough lads to me, in terms of that leadership and that personality (being missing). But that is what you need.

"I think sometimes now when the players get interviewed, they are like robots. Over the last week when a lot of the players have been talking about the manager leaving, they keep saying Ole. Ole was their gaffer. Maybe Ole was too friendly with them.

"Maybe that was a problem. Maybe he was too nice to these lads, because these lads have done what I predicted and thrown him under a bus."

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