Roy Keane has obviously found it tough during lockdown, the Irishman unleashing months of pent up anger during his halftime ”analysis” of Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with Spurs at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium tonight.
The former Man United captain has carved out a nice little niche for himself as the grumpiest man on the punditry circuit in recent times, regularly cutting both players and his studio colleagues down to size with his stinging barbs.
However, even by Keane’s standards, his reaction at the break after Spurs attacker Steven Bergwijn had put the north London side ahead was pretty epic.
The Dutch attacker had picked the ball up 40 yards from goal and breezed past a flat-footed Harry Maguire, before firing past United ‘keeper David De Gea. Spanish stopper De Gea has been the Red Devils best player for much of the post Ferguson era, but has made a series of high-profile errors this season, and on closer inspection, he really should have done better from Bergwijn’s strike.
In the company of Sky Sports presenter Kelly Cates and fellow former United man Patrice Evra, Keane didn’t waste any time in lambasting both Luke Shaw and £80 million defender Maguire.
“I’m shocked at that goal,” Keane said.
“I’ve watched a lot of football over the years and I’m shocked at that goal. I’m watching that and I’m fuming. I can’t believe Shaw.
“Heading the ball up in the air and then running forward. I am staggered at Maguire. Staggered how an international player can get done like this.
Roy Keane: “Lockdown has been hard , I enjoyed it at the start making banana cakes and getting pissed everyday but it’s caught up on me now, I sat in the cupboard for 3 hours the other day and burst out crying watching Grand designs. Can’t even be arsed combing my hair anymore” pic.twitter.com/Nz0rWt6AX6
— The Lower Kenny* (@LowerTheKenny) June 19, 2020
Next up on Roy’s hitlist was De Gea with the Corkman revealing he’s never really liked the four time Sir Matt Busby Player of Year winner and suggested that the 29-year-old is massively overrated – even going as far as saying he’d have punched the Spaniard had he still been part of the United dressing room.
“And I am sick to death of this goalkeeper. I would be flying in at half time. I would be swinging punches at that guy,” Keane continued.
“This is a standard save for a standard, international goalkeeper. I am flabbergasted. There’s got to be some stuff going on at half-time.
“I am disgusted with it. Maguire? de Gea? Hang your heads in shame.”
“I’d be swinging punches at that guy.”
Roy Keane is absolutely FURIOUS at that Tottenham goal…😳 pic.twitter.com/fC97LLKHcf
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) June 19, 2020
Lastly, a clearly irate – and slightly dishevelled it must be said – looking Keane urged Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to make some changes at half-time, even saying he wouldn’t have let De Gea and Maguire travel back to Manchester on the team bus.
“If I was Ole, I’d make some changes. Get some lads off the pitch,” the former Ireland international added.
“There are lads out there going through the motions a bit. Not that United have been bad. But you’ve got to flex your muscles.
“Maguire and De Gea – I wouldn’t even let them on the bus after the match. Get a taxi back to Manchester.”
Solskjaer didn’t actually ring the changes at half-time, but he did early in the second period bring on Paul Pogba and Mason Greenwood, a switch that instantly resulted in an upping of the tempo from the away side.
Pogba showed some flashes of class on his long-awaited return from injury and it was the Frenchman’s trickery that forced Eric Dier into a clumsy challenge which resulted in referee Jon Moss pointing to the penalty spot. January signing Bruno Fernandes duly stroked the spot-kick home and each side had to be content with a point in their quest to finish in the top four.
Presumably, United’s goalkeeper and star centre-back will be allowed to travel home with the rest of the squad, but one thing is for sure had it been in Keano’s heyday it would have been a black eye and a Uber for De Gea.