Manchester United’s recent misery was compounded on Tuesday night when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s struggling side crashed out of the Champions League.
United only needed a point from their final Group H game to advance to the knockout stage but left themselves with a mountain to climb after falling three goals behind against RB Leipzig.
Solskjaer’s side showed showed spirit to pull two goals back but, ultimately, fell short and the pressure is now on the Red Devils’ manager, who will oversee another campaign in the Europa League.
And it seems Roy Keane has been proved right once again, following his brutal assessment of the ongoing struggles at his former team.
Last month, following United’s 1-0 defeat at home to Arsenal, the Old Trafford hero predicted that Solskjaer is struggling to motivate his players.
“We were almost building up this season as make-or-break for Ole, but at this moment in time it’s not looking good for him,” he said.
“I scratch my head at players who don’t have enthusiasm for a game of football.
“Sometimes you say ‘there’s no reason to panic’. But the results and performances suggest you should be panicking.
“I judge the players by their actions and I just don’t see it. I never looked at a manager expecting to motivate me, that comes from within.
“Ole will lose his job working with these players, as night follows day – that’s what is going to happen.”
Keane also highlighted a lack of leadership – something that was once again on show in Germany as United conceded three goals in embarrassing fashion.
Angelino, on loan from Manchester City, got Julian Nagelsmann’s men off to a dream start by lashing home inside two minutes, with Amadou Haidara adding a second soon after.
United could easily have fallen further behind before substitute Justin Kluivert took advantage of hesitant defending to put Leipzig three goals.
It proved a hole too big for Solskjaer’s comeback kings to dig themselves out of, despite Fernandes scoring from the spot and substitute Paul Pogba heading in off the back of Harry Maguire in the final 10 minutes.
“I am really, really worried about Manchester United now,” added Keane, who was speaking in the aftermath of the Gunners’ win over his former side.
“Where do you want me to start? A lack of energy, of enthusiasm, and a real lack of quality. That really concerned me. No quality, no composure.
“Some of the performances were really poor. Have they turned a corner? It’s the longest corner ever. I am just not convinced by these players.
“I don’t see any leaders out there. There’s a real lack of quality. There’s a long way back for this club.”
United now turn their attention to the crunch derby with Manchester City this weekend – and the pressure is certainly on Solskjaer.