MANCHESTER Manchester United club great Roy Keane says the players should be "ashamed of themselves" as the fallout continues over the sacking of manager David Moyes after a disastrous 10-month spell that left the world-famous Premier League club in turmoil.
The English giants followed the stunning announcement by naming veteran midfielder Ryan Giggs as interim manager.
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Michael Lynch reflects on David Moyes' disappointing season at Manchester United and the games that sealed his fate.
Moyes, 50, succeeded Alex Ferguson at the Old Trafford helm last July, but the season quickly became a nightmare as the team slumped to a series of embarrassing defeats.
After feverish speculation, United confirmed the sacking in a brief statement.
"Manchester United announces that David Moyes has left the club," it said.
"The club would like to place on record its thanks for the hard work, honesty and integrity he brought to the role."
A second statement added that the 40-year-old Giggs, "the club's most decorated player, will assume responsibility for the first team until a permanent appointment can be made".
United's players reported for training as usual on Tuesday beneath an intense media spotlight, but the club said that no further comment would be made "on this process until it is concluded".
But Keane says it's the players who should feel responsible for Moyes' ousting so soon after getting the job.
"He (Moyes) should have been given more time," the 42-year-old Irish national assistant coach told ITV.
"Some players at the club should be ashamed of themselves.
"Seventh in the league is disappointing but you still need help from around you. I don't think some of the players gave him that support."
Experienced Dutch coach Louis van Gaal has emerged as the British bookmakers' favourite to succeed Moyes on a permanent basis.
The 62-year-old, whose previous clubs include Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich, recently expressed a desire to work in England. His contract as manager of the Netherlands expires after this year's World Cup in Brazil.
However, Jurgen Klopp of Borussia Dortmund, another rumoured contender, ruled himself out of the running.
Klopp told The Guardian newspaper: "Man United is a great club and I feel very familiar with their wonderful fans. But my commitment to Borussia Dortmund and the people is not breakable."
Moyes signed a six-year contract in place of Ferguson, British football's most successful manager, who reigned at United for 26 and a half years.
His last game in charge was Sunday's 2-0 loss at his former club Everton, which confirmed that United will not compete in the Champions League next season for the first time since 1995.
In addition, Moyes's two major signings, Marouane Fellaini and Juan Mata, have struggled to make an impact.
As a result, United's American owners, the Glazer family, reportedly felt uneasy about the prospect of handing him the funds needed to rebuild the squad during the forthcoming off-season.
Giggs, United's record appearance-maker, was informed of his appointment after arriving at training.
His first game in charge will be a league fixture at home to Norwich City on Saturday.