Roy Keane slams Harry Maguire and Raphael Varane for wearing gloves

Roy Keane was almost lost for words after watching Harry Maguire and Raphael Varane warm up wearing gloves ahead of Manchester United’s Premier League match against Tottenham on Saturday.

The former United skipper has been scathing of Maguire in the past, most notably when he mocked the £80million centre-half for celebrating a goal for England against Albania last year by sticking his fingers in his ears in an apparent dig at his critics.

Maguire’s form has reportedly been questioned by his teammates recently and he was widely mocked after an error-strewn performance in last weekend’s Manchester derby defeat.

Varane, meanwhile, has shown only flashes of his true ability since joining from Real Madrid in the summer and has struggled with a series of injuries.

The France international returned to the staring line-up at Old Trafford alongside Maguire, hoping to nulify the threat of in-form Harry Kane, but Keane felt the decision to wear gloves sent out the wrong message.

He said: ‘Are they gloves, are they wearing gloves there? Am I seeing things? That’s a great message.

“A few days in Portugal has done the trick” 😬

Roy Keane on Cristiano Ronaldo’s return for Man Utd… pic.twitter.com/VIf871GxM3

‘Two big strong centre halves wearing gloves? I don’t mind the full-backs.’

Marcus Rashford also made his return having started on the bench in the previous five matches and Keane reminded the England international the grass is not always greener amid the speculation he is considering his own future.

Keane added: ‘He’s had a difficult couple of months, you have your ups and downs and maybe he needs to simplify his game.

‘He needs to start running in behind and start enjoying his game again. You have to remind Marcus for all the brilliant things he’s done he’s playing for Manchester United.

‘Honestly, it’s one of the greatest feelings in the world, playing for a big club and the manager has given him an opportunity today and he’s got to take it.

‘Whatever speculation is going on in the background, people making statements about his future, just concentrate on the game today.’

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