Roy Keane mocks Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for 'ball moved' excuse for David de Gea


David de Gea rightfully came in for criticism during Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 Manchester United.

Despite the Red Devils deploying a more attacking brand of football for the majority of the game, they were made to play catch up for over 50 minutes after Steven Bergwijn's opening goal.

Tottenham caught out their visitors on the counterattack when Bergwijn tore through the final third and unleashed a venomous shot that pinged off De Gea's gloves and into the back of the net.

Sure, the Dutchman's strike was headed towards goal at a rate of knots, but it was fired almost directly towards De Gea and he should have saved the effort having made so much contact.

The incident was universally condemned as a mistake from De Gea, but United legend and Sky Sports pundit Roy Keane took things to a whole new level with a scathing half-time analysis.

Keane rips into De Gea

"I wouldn't even let them on the bus after the match," he said in reference to De Gea and Harry Maguire. "Get a taxi back to Manchester. They should hang their heads in shame.

"I would be fining him [De Gea] at half-time, there is no getting away from that. I would be swinging punches at that guy. That is a standard save for an established international goalkeeper."

You'd think that would have been the end of Keane's frustrations, but the issue was re-opened during the post-match press conference when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was made aware of the comments.

Solskjaer comes out in De Gea's defence

Unsurprisingly, Solskjaer came out in defence of his number one shot-stopper, who did indeed make a brilliant save from Heung-min Son, but his reasoning left a lot to be desired.

When asked about the errors leading to the goal, Solskjaer responded: “Yes, but that’s to be expected. To be fair to Bergwijn it was a very, very good strike and the ball’s moving all over the place.

“It was a good goal and we’ve seen him score them before.”

The ball moved... the ball moved... the ball moved? Yeh, you can probably see why Keane was going to lose his temper with those comments and he certainly showed it back in the studio.

Keane mocks Solskjaer's excuse

Keane reacted: “I’m always intrigued when people say the ball ‘moved’. If you kick the ball, it’s going to move… We’re talking about senior players, they’ll know it was a mistake.

“But again Ole, keeping the head. I think overall he tried to look at the positives, a bit of PR there, ‘the team looked fit, the players off the bench did well, probably should have won the game.’

“It wasn’t a night where Ole would be over-critical of the players, who were so poor for the goal.”

Tough evening for De Gea

To be fair to Keane, the ball does tend to move when you kick it.

Ok, in seriousness, we obviously know what Solskjaer was insinuating that the ball swerved to fool the goalkeeper, but it's hard to agree with him when you consider how central the strike really was.

Whether Keane could have saved it himself, though, we're not so sure...

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