United slipped to a 1-0 defeat in Switzerland, but will still win Group A if they draw at home to CSKA Moscow in a fortnight’s time.
Keane thinks United will move on quickly from this result and have a squad comparable to the best in Europe.
United slipped to a 1-0 defeat in Basle but will still win Group A if they draw with CSKA Moscow
Keane thinks Jose Mourinho’s United will move on quickly from the disappointing result
Speaking on ITV, Keane said: ‘The big plus for United is that their form has been that good in the Champions League that they gave themselves room to slip up tonight.
‘When United have their strongest team out, they will compete with a lot of the teams in Europe. There are five or six players that played tonight that won’t be in their strongest team.
‘Mourinho is looking at the bigger picture – forget about tonight and move on. They’ll be competing to win this title without a doubt.’
Former England manager Glenn Hoddle, however, disagreed with ex-United captain Keane about the European prospects of Jose Mourinho’s men.
Former England manager Glenn Hoddle, however, disagreed with ex-United captain Keane
United, like the other four Premier League sides in the competition, could top their group, but could still face a number of major sides who are likely to qualify in second place.
They will almost certainly come first in their section, despite Michael Lang’s 89th minute stunner at St Jakob-Park on Wednesday evening.
Mail on Sunday columnist Hoddle said: ‘There are five English teams that could actually top their groups, but is it actually an advantage?
‘You’ve got Atletico and Real Madrid, Juventus and Bayern Munich all potentially coming second in their group. I don’t know whether United can live with any of them teams.
‘They’re fortunate they’re in a group they’ll get through and even then it’s gone to the last game. I’m not sure they’re ready to step up to that level.’