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United paying price for 'cutting corners', claims Keane

ESPN staff
February 11, 2014
Is Moyes the problem?

Former captain Roy Keane says that Manchester United have "cut corners" in the transfer market over the past couple of seasons, and believes that is the main reason behind their struggles.

David Moyes is encountering a difficult time as manager since being selected by Sir Alex Ferguson to take over at Old Trafford, with United slipping up to Fulham in a 2-2 draw last Sunday.

The result left United 15 points off league-leaders Chelsea, and a place in next season's Champions League is far from certain as they trail fourth-placed Liverpool by nine points.

And Keane, who spent 12 years at United and captained the side during his career at Old Trafford, believes the club are paying the price for failing to land "big players", and require more names to rectify the issues.

"I think Man United need five or six players. If it happens in the summer then instead of being fearful of it, embrace it - it's exciting. These can be exciting times for Man United," Keane told itv.com.

Moyes broke United's transfer record fee in capturing Juan Mata for £37.1 million in January, but despite the arrivals of the former Chelsea man and Robin van Persie from Arsenal in the summer of 2012, Keane feels mistakes have been made.

"Get them back to the very top where they belong. They've kind of cut corners in terms of transfers in the last few years, they've not gone out and got the big players, and it's just caught up with them this year," Keane added.

Findings from The Telegraph may support Keane's claims, with the publication revealing that the Glazers, the club's owners, have spent more money on "servicing the debts" of United rather than invest in new players, with over £696m going towards interest fees, repayment of debt and bank charges.

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