Keane slams Man United defending in furious half-time tirade

Roy Keane laid into Manchester United for their defending in the first half of their derby defeat to Manchester City.

Manchester United slipped to a 2-0 half-time deficit at home to Manchester City on Saturday afternoon, with an Eric Bailly own goal and Bernardo Silva’s back-post strike putting the reigning Premier League champions in front.

City cruised through the second half on a comfortable afternoon for the Premier League champions and another damning outing for the hosts.

We even had to deploy another Emergency Mailbox.

The first half was particularly poor. While Bailly was criticised for diverting a low Joao Cancelo cross into his own net for the opener, the second goal attracted the most ire in the Sky Sports studio.

Keane raged at clips of Aaron Wan-Bissaka failing to close down another Cancelo cross that was left by Harry Maguire and Shaw, for Silva to prod it past a flailing De Gea.

“This defending – Shaw and De Gea,” said the pundit. “There’s not enough pressure.

“It’s OK sitting back but when you get to this area you’ve got to have intensity, you’ve got to realise it’s almost half-time, you’re on the ropes. Stay in the game.

“You’re like a boxer, stay in the game. Look at Shaw and De Gea, what chance have you got in this game? Look at Shaw here, the goalkeeper…

“I’ve been cursing these guys for years. I give up. I give up on these players.

“De Gea, right on half-time. Look at Shaw! These are international footballers, I can’t understand the defending. I give up.

“I’m driving up here today thinking, ‘Manchester City, OK, but Man United will have that chance, they’re at home’.

“They’ve been like this all season, giving up chances. City got a little bit arrogant and gave them one or two chances, but it’s two at the moment and unless United do something drastic it’ll be another four or five.”

De Gea kept the score down with a number of fine saves in the opening period, thwarting Gabriel Jesus, Cancelo, Silva and Kevin de Bruyne before the break.

The Spaniard also prevented Victor Lindelof from scoring an own goal.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, with his position as Manchester United manager coming under increasing pressure, substituted the erratic Bailly for Jadon Sancho at half-time.

The change was for nought as they slipped to a fourth defeat in 11 Premier League games, with the gap to leaders Chelsea now opened up to nine points.

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