Manchester United find themselves in seventh place and facing a real battle on their hands to qualify for next season’s Champions League.
The Premier League champions have found transition under David Moyes tough, with the latest setback coming at the weekend with more dropped points at home against Fulham.
Former club captain Roy Keane is always outspoken when it comes to matters surrounding his ex-employers, and the retired Republic of Ireland midfielder has urged David Moyes to splash the cash this summer.
“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,” Keane told itv.com.
“These can be exciting times for Man United. 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.”
Some of the Old Trafford faithful will be ready to forget about this season and look forward to 2014-15, but talk of abandoning hope is not in Keane’s vocabulary.
“There’s always something to play for,” the Irishman continued.
“You’ve always got to win your next football match so if you’re telling me in January that your season is over, or when the Champions League starts, that’s nonsense.
“You’re playing for pride, you’re playing for points, and United if they do go out of the Champions League still want to get in it next year.”
Despite domestic affairs not going well for Moyes’ charges, United still have a knockout tie against Olympiacos to look forward to – one which Keane feels the English team can win.
“I think beating Olympiacos will be the priority,” he concluded.
“On form at this moment in time you have to say the Champions League is a long way off for Manchester United. But lots will change over the next few months. I think United will beat Olympiacos.
“They’ll have Rooney, Van Persie back after injuries. At this moment in time, would I fancy United for the Champions League? Probably not.
“But they’re still a threat, they’re still there. Big team, big players and in a couple of months’ time when the big players are back up to speed with their fitness United will be a dangerous team.”
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