Roy Keane slams Harry Maguire and Marcus Rashford despite England win vs Belgium

Roy Keane slams Harry Maguire and Marcus Rashford despite England win vs Belgium

Manchester United legend Roy Keane was not completely impressed with the performances of Harry Maguire and Marcus Rashford during England win vs Belgium.

The two struggling Man United players started for the Three Lions on Sunday night and helped England come from behind to win the tie 2-1.

Romelu Lukaku opened the scoring in the 16th minute from the penalty spot but Marcus Rashford pulled Lukaku’s effort behind after converting from the same course.

In the midway through the second half, Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount, who started for England as well, scored the match-winning goal.

Some Manchester United fans claimed Maguire’s performance against Belgium was his best performance since the start of this season.

Harry Maguire impressed against Belgium
Harry Maguire impressed against Belgium

Gareth Southgate confessed that his players ‘suffered’ at times despite being in command of the game and Keane has explained why both Man United players deserved to be criticised.

Roy Keane said: ‘We’re talking about decision-making, particularly against very good teams here.

‘Listen, [Declan] Rice had an excellent night, I thought he was very good, but here he gets himself into a bit of a mess with his decision-making.

‘He gets dragged into the ball where he really doesn’t have to.

Marcus Rashford scored for England vs Belgium
Marcus Rashford scored for England vs Belgium

‘When you make a mistake like that you hope your team-mate helps you out but then it’s compounded by Maguire, they’ve made a bad situation worse.

Maguire then goes when he doesn’t have to go and straight away you’re thinking, “We’re in trouble here” because you look at this boy, Lukaku, big, strong, powerful player and you know he’s going to outrun Dier.

‘In a defensive position your plan is to slow him up if you can and show him wide but Dier does the opposite to that.’

The former Irish midfielder was critical of Rashford’s performance and slammed the 22-year-old forward’s ‘body language’ during the first 45 minutes.

Gareth Southgate claims England players suffered during action vs Belgium
Gareth Southgate claims England players suffered during action vs Belgium

Marcus Rashford in the first-half was going through the motions,’ he added. ‘I just want to make a point, Rashford, his body language in the first half, he needs to do better.

‘And then he started doing what he should be doing, running at people, getting forward, doing things quickly.

‘Gareth Southgate should have said something at half-time, cut out this nonsense, kind of standing on the ball.

‘Pass it and run, pass it and move and, again, it was excellent play between Rice and Rashford at the end but simplify the game.

Roy Keane slams Marcus Rashford's performance vs Belgium
Roy Keane slams Marcus Rashford’s performance vs Belgium

‘Remember what got you into this England team and that’s running at people. That’s your strength.’

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would hope none of his players, who are out on international break, return back to Old Trafford with injuries and would rather expect his underfiring players to improve over the course.