Roy Keane says David de Gea and Harry Maguire should ‘get taxi back to Manchester’

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June 20, 2020
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    Goalkeeper David de Gea and Harry Maguire were both easily beaten by Steven Bergwijn

    Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane said he is “sick to death” of David de Gea – and that the goalkeeper and captain Harry Maguire should be made to get a taxi back from Tottenham.

    Keane, who won seven Premier League titles with United, ranted at half-time after Steven Bergwijn ran past Maguire and fired through De Gea to score.

    “I wouldn’t even let them on the bus after the match,” he told Sky Sports.

    “Get a taxi back to Manchester. They should hang their heads in shame.”

    Bergwijn easily beat England international Maguire for pace, and De Gea could not hold his powerful shot as Jose Mourinho’s side took a half-time lead over his former club in Friday’s Premier League match, which ended 1-1.

    De Gea has made the joint-highest number of errors leading to a goal of any goalkeeper in the Premier League since August 2018 – seven – though Bergwijn’s goal was not recorded as one.

    Maguire, who United signed from Leicester for £80m last August, has not officially made an error leading to a goal this season.

    “I’m shocked. I’m shocked at that goal,” Keane said at the interval.

    “I’ve watched a lot of football over the years and to give away that goal… I’m fuming.

    “I can’t believe that’s Manchester United. Luke Shaw, heading the ball up in the air and then running forward… I am staggered at Maguire, how an international player can just get done like that – and I am sick to death of this goalkeeper.

    “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.

    “I am flabbergasted. Maguire and De Gea… I wouldn’t even let them on the bus after the match. Get a taxi back to Manchester. Do your job. We’re trying to get into the top four – never mind win trophies – shocking. I am disgusted. They should hang their heads in shame.”

    When asked about Keane’s comments, Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replied: “Roy was a fantastic midfielder, a good friend of mine. I am not sure he would have stopped it.”

    ‘United have to make a goalkeeping decision’

    Bruno Fernandes’ second-half penalty earned United a point and reduced Keane’s rage to a simmer.

    “I’d maybe let them on the bus but make them sit down at the back,” he said.

    De Gea, 29, signed a new contract to stay with the club until 2023 last September but former Middlesbrough, Fulham, Chelsea and Leicester goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer believes his position could be under threat.

    Dean Henderson, 23, has been outstanding on loan at Sheffield United for the past two seasons.

    David de Gea and Dean Henderson

    Will Dean Henderson be back at Manchester United next season?

    “Over the past 18 months David de Gea has made a considerable amount of mistakes and that’s not expected from a keeper at that level,” Schwarzer told BBC Radio 5 Live.

    “The demand for success is so high, and his standards haven’t been at that level for some time.

    “For a top, world-class keeper, the maximum number of mistakes leading to a goal shouldn’t be more than two a season and he’s clearly made more than that.

    “It will come to a head, when you’ve got Dean Henderson playing so well at Sheffield United and he’s made it clear he won’t sit on the bench.

    “Manchester United are going to make a decision, is Henderson good enough to take the number one shirt at United?

    “He has the potential.”


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