Roy Keane laid into Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea following his early error at Everton on Sunday, saying he’d “kill him” for his part in the game finishing 1-1.
The Red Devils fell behind after three minutes at Goodison Park on Sunday after Dominic Calvert-Lewin successfully charged down De Gea’s clearance and the rebound went in. Jordan Pickford made a meal of saving Bruno Fernandes’ attempt in the 31st minute and spilled an equaliser into his own net:
Keane—who played 469 games for United—said he “would have lynched” De Gea for his mistake on Merseyside:
"As a manager or a player, you'd kill him. It’s crazy goalkeeping. He is being too clever. He takes too long. What is he waiting for? He has to make a decision and do it quickly. You have got an experienced goalkeeper and what is he waiting for? There is a bit of arrogance there.”
United are still fifth in the Premier League but lost the chance to close the distance on Chelsea in fourth, while Wolverhampton Wanderers are now level on points.
It’s not the first time the former Republic of Ireland star has been critical of De Gea. Keane appeared on Sky Sports in September and said the Spaniard was proving too costly during a patch of poor form.
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer defended his No. 1 after he game and told reporters De Gea is “the best goalkeeper in the world.” The Norwegian touched upon Dean Henderson’s superb form on loan at Sheffield United this season and said the 22-year-old will be expected to fight for his place at Old Trafford when he returns from his spell away. De Gea is also the highest-paid goalkeeper in the world on around £375,000 per week (per the Telegraph), and has won Manchester United Player of the Year honours four times–the most of any player since the award was first given out in 1987-88.