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United stars must step it up for Van Gaal: Keane

By Steven Beacom

Manchester United legend Roy Keane has stated that the players at the club have to up the ante and quicken the pace for under fire boss Louis van Gaal.

The Red Devils go into tomorrow's Premier League clash at Chelsea hoping to make it three wins in a row, but pressure remains on Van Gaal with reports last night suggesting that United had entered preliminary talks with Jose Mourinho about taking over next season.

Former United skipper Keane, speaking at a charity function in Armagh, said: "I don't know Louis van Gaal but I do know the manager is getting a lot of criticism at the moment but sometimes the players have to take control of the situation. I always think if you can pass it forward quickly then do it.

"Possession is well and good but it's all about putting the ball in the back of the net. I see a lot of midfielders at Manchester United obsessed with possession and retaining the ball, but if you can do things quickly, do it."

In a message to the fans, Keane said: "They have had great times but you can't keep looking back. I can understand the supporter, a proper supporter, and I do understand frustration when your team isn't doing well, but to boo a manager or the team... why? Are you a supporter only for good days? Support the team. Get behind the team," he added.

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