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'I cringe at it' - Roy Keane gives blunt assessment of Man United and Liverpool's top four battle

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Roy Keane. © Spark Roy Keane. Roy Keane was typically forthright when analysing the battle for a place in the Premier League top four this season, questioning whether teams like Liverpool and Man United should celebrate an achievement that comes without a trophy.

The Ireland assistant manager, speaking at a Show Racism the Red Card event this afternoon, didn't hold back when asked if trophies are still as important as they once were given the increased emphasis on qualifying for the Champions League.

"When I see clubs like Liverpool and Man United celebrating getting into the top four, I cringe at it, I really do," Keane said.

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"Any of these big clubs - do you think that Real Madrid and Barcelona would be celebrating getting fourth? Come on, get a grip. It is about getting your hands on a trophy. People talk about getting into the top four because of the financial rewards and it was great for teams like Leicester to qualify but for the big teams, Man United, Chelsea, Arsenal, celebrating fourth? I say shame on you."

Liverpool and Man City are in pole position to take the last two spots in the top four this season, although Man United could join them in next season's Champions League if they win the Europa League.

Jose Mourinho's side play the first leg of their semi-final tie away to Celta Vigo this Thursday night.

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