You know that Manchester United are on the right path when even Roy Keane is complimentary of them.
That’s perhaps a harsh assessment of Keane’s motives, but the United legend has ripped his former side on numerous occasions. Jose Mourinho’s first season in charge is replete with examples of Keane’s criticism.
Not so this season, so far at least.
A storming start to the season for United has cooled since the international break, with their only goal against both Liverpool and Benfica this week coming via an unorthodox Marcus Rashford free kick. Two clean sheets have mitigated the lack of goalscoring however, as the Red Devils continue to pile up the results, something that hasn’t gone unnoticed by Keane.
“It will suit the United camp at the moment to let City get all the credit at the moment,” Keane said while on punditry duty on ITV.
“United are in a sense under the radar, but they are getting results and clean sheets. That gives you the foundations to get trophies.”
What caught his eye even more was the sheer class on show after the whistle, as United players (particularly Romelu Lukaku) comforted Benfica goalie Mile Svilar, who as the youngest goalkeeper in Champions League history made the fatal error to gift United the only goal of the game.
“Your heart goes out to the young goalkeeper,” Keane said.
“Like all top goalkeepers make mistakes, and it is how they react that will decide what kind of future they will have. Big night for him tonight and I feel sorry for him. That was really nice to see after the game, lovely touches.
He’s a young lad learning his trade and sometimes you have to learn the hard way, and that is by making big mistakes in big games.”