Giggs is said to have fallen out with under-fire manager David Moyes over team tactics and training methods, but Keane has called on the most decorated player in English football to lead Manchester United out of their poor run of form.
“Giggsy, Rio, they’ve got to step up to the plate,” Keane said.
“One or two of the new players are getting a little bit criticism, but it’s up to the players who have been there a few years, who know what Manchester United are about.
“They are lacking a few leaders at the moment. I don’t think they have that type of player in the group anyway.
“There is no point expecting certain players to lead when they are not that type of character.
“There are players leaving. I don’t think that helps. When I played at United very rarely did a player leave the club.
“We’re seeing that with Vidic, there’s talk about Evra and obviously Rio and Giggsy are coming to an end.”
Keane feels there is ‘more pain to come’ when United take on Bayern Munich in the Champions League next week, but has called on the club to stick with Moyes.
“It’s not going to get any easier in next couple of months with a bit more pain to come, against Bayern Munich next Tuesday,” he added.
“I think the game is changing. We see it at all levels. People don’t have patience. They get bogged down by a lot of the supporters sometimes.
“I think United will be all right and David Moyes will get plenty of time. The man deserves it.
“Sometimes a manager has to go, but with David Moyes, get him to the summer to get some players in and give a chance.
“Hopefully he’ll get a bit of time because anyone who has got any idea about football will know this was the biggest job, to follow Alex Ferguson.
“The clever people were saying you want to follow the manager after Alex Ferguson. That’s why, David Moyes, you’ve got to give the man time, give him a chance.”
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