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Roy Keane praises Manchester United fans ahead of Arsenal match

Roy Keane praised the Manchester United fans ahead of their important Premier League match against Arsenal at Old Trafford. The Red Devils started the match 29 points behind Arsenal in what has been a tough season for Erik ten Hag’s side.

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Former Nottingham Forest and Manchester United player, Roy Keane, described the United supporters as “hardcore fans” on Sky Sports – Photo by Icon Sport

Travelling supporters praised for unwavering support at Selhurst Park

United supporters were praised for their unwavering support during their 4-0 loss against Crystal Palace on Monday night. After the match, Jamie Carragher and Ashley Young were complimentary about the fans in the away end at Selhurst Park on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football. Carragher said: “That’s unbelievable, isn’t it? Most teams’ away support is fantastic, they go on the road and they pay the money.

“That is absolutely fantastic from Manchester United fans because you know what? Those players do not deserve that and if they go off thinking ‘it wasn’t as bad as we think because look at the supporters’ reaction’.”

Keane defends United fans

Before the game on Sunday against title-chasing Arsenal, Keane and Wayne Rooney discussed the importance of the United fans to the team’s chances of getting a positive result. Rooney said that the Red Devils’ fans have “always great”, especially in recent times.

Meanwhile, Keane said: “I think the United fans have always been criticised over the years for being glory hunters, but I’d say hopefully you see the best of United fans today. They’re hardcore fans. Get behind the team, they can see they’re struggling, they’re obviously frustrated, but I think they want the team to turn up today. Show some physicality, a bit of spirit, a bit of fight and hopefully a bit of quality. They’re up against it and as long as they show that, the fans will be behind them. Don’t worry about that.”


Will Murray

Freelance football journalist. Experience writing for When Saturday, Comes, Goalkeeper.com, Elite Scholars and Total Football Analysis. Recently finished an MA in Sport Journalism at the University of Brighton. Long-time season ticket holder at the two-time European Champions Nottingham Forest.

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