Keane claims finishing second to Manchester City in the Premier League could work in United’s favour by forcing them into a summer spending spree.
“Maybe if they lose the league it won’t be a bad thing,” Keane told the Telegraph. “They may say ‘listen, we may have to reinvest again’.
“They said that last year when they lost to Barcelona and they went out and spent £50million on (David) de Gea, Jones and Young and these are all good players.
“But sometimes you need that big hitter to come in. I have only seen United live four or five times this year — City the other night, in Basel and in Benfica and I have not seen them win yet. They lost at Liverpool in the FA Cup as well.
“You always remember the great sign of United that I played for and watched was that they won a lot of big games.
“They just seem to be on the losing side of these tight games at the moment. The other night (against City), you were waiting for them to have a late onslaught. It never came.”