Roy Keane has hailed Manchester United’s performance in the Manchester derby as ‘outstanding’ while managing to take a swipe at Tottenham.
It had been suggested in certain sections of the media that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could have found himself out of a job if Manchester United were to lose both of this week’s fixtures, although such talk has been silenced with a pair of confidence-boosting victories, beating Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham 2-1 at Old Trafford on Wednesday before putting a potentially fatal blow to Man City‘s title hopes with a 2-1 win at the Etihad on Saturday.
United have endured a miserable start to the season, their Manchester Derby win just the sixth time they have collected all three points in the Premier League this season, already sitting a whopping 22 points behind league leaders Liverpool.
The Red Devils are unbeaten against all of the traditional ‘big six’ this season, as well as having beaten Leicester early in the season, and speaking after the win at the Etihad, former United skipper Roy Keane praised the performance of Solskjaer’s side, though played down the significance of the Spurs win, with comments akin to Sir Alex Ferguson‘s infamous ‘Lad’s, it’s Tottenham’ teamtalk.
“I said before the show, I don’t think beating Tottenham at home was a big deal. Spurs, we know their mentality,” Keane told Sky Sports.
“But beating Man City can only given the players confidence. The players have been criticised a lot and today we need to take our hats off. They were outstanding.
“It was a Manchester United performance. The way they managed the game, the blocks, it was brilliant. For me that’s what Manchester United is all about.
“But they have to do is consistently and they do need a helping hand and hopefully they get that.”
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