Back in March, Roy Keane declared that six Manchester United players should never play for the club again following their 4-1 humbling at the hands of rivals Manchester City.
Speaking in his usual menacingly dulcet tones, the outspoken Irishman ripped his way through the United team like a gardener pulling up weeds, and while he never actually specified who the six players were, his rant after the game offered up some clues.
"I could write down five or six players who I think should never play for Man United again. Just shameful, shameful," Keane told his Sky Sports colleagues, before slamming Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Fred, Scott McTominay and Marcus Rashford for "not being prepared to run around".
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If we assume those are the six players Keane wanted gone, it paints an interesting picture. Six months on, all of them are still at the club, though the majority are struggling for minutes in Erik ten Hag's team.
Maguire started United's first two Premier League matches this season, though both ended in dismal defeats. He was then dropped to the bench and shows no sign of clawing his way back into the starting line-up.
Fred has been used primarily from the bench, though with the £60m arrival of Casemiro, his days as United's first choice enforcer are numbered. Meanwhile Lindelof and Wan-Bissaka have been all but discarded, with both making just one appearance apiece so far this season.
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Rashford and McTominay are the only two players on Keane's bin list that appear to have some sort of future at the club.
Rashford's recent double against Arsenal suggests the beginning of a well-overdue turn in form for the England international, while McTominay has started five of United's six Premier League matches, in spite of Ten Hag's penchant for silky midfielders rather than combative ones.
So with four of the six barely getting on the field at the moment, and the other two in pretty impressive nick, I'd say Keane's more-or-less got his wish.
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