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Man Utd’s “biggest problems” have responded to dressing down from Roy Keane

Roy Keane has had no issues about criticising Manchester United this season.

The former captain, in his role as a pundit on Sky Sports, has aimed digs at Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad at several points of the campaign.

From claiming players would “throw Solskjaer under the bus” to predicting they would get him the sack, he has certainly pulled no punches.

But when asked to highlight the biggest problem at Old Trafford, he managed to narrow it down to just five players.

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“We talk about trust in football, the back four and the goalkeeper are for me still the biggest problems [for Manchester United ],” he said in December.

Roy Keane has taken several digs at Man Utd throughout the season

Keane made the accusation following the 0-0 draw with Manchester City that saw David de Gea in goal, and a back-four of Luke Shaw, Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof and Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

He continued: “You just don’t know what you’re going to get from Man United right now. That’s not a good sign when you’re not sure what you’re going to get from the team.

“Can you really trust this group to go on a run? The answer is no.”

But much to Keane’s surprise they did. Following his comments, the Red Devils went unbeaten in their next eight games, temporarily going to the top of the Premier League.

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Maguire, Lindelof, Shaw and Wan-Bissaka came in for criticism from Keane, but there have been signs of improvement

And after shocking displays at the start of the season – United conceded 11 times in their first three games – there have been signs of an improved defensive unit.

With six clean sheets in their last nine matches, much of their recent success has come from a solid base at the back.

In Shaw, United have arguably, the best left-back in the top-flight, labelling the England international as a ‘problem’ now would appear baffling.

Solskjaer has opted to keep Dean Henderson in goal, despite De Gea being available against Brighton

On the opposite flank, Wan-Bissaka continues to prove he is one of the soundest defensive full-backs in English football.

There are still definite question marks over Maguire and Lindelof, but the pair have got themselves to a similar level to the one they reached last term.

In goal however, there has been a change. De Gea has since come out of the side, first for personal reasons, but now it appears Dean Henderson is now the No.1.

Keane has long been critical of the Spaniard and will be quietly pleased that one of those problems has now been removed from the line-up.

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But on the whole, United’s defensive players have stood up to the challenge and eased at least one of Solskjaer’s biggest headaches.

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