Solskjaer defended De Gea over Tottenham goal in 1-1 draw, saying ‘I’m not sure Keane would have stopped it either’, while Jose Mourinho blasted VAR over penalty decisions
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer defended David de Gea from an astonishing blast after Roy Keane labelled Manchester United’s keeper ‘over-rated’.
The ex-Red Devils skipper tore into De Gea for failing to keep out Steven Bergwijn’s 27th-minute opener. Bruno Fernandes equalised from the spot nine minutes from time.
Solskjaer said: “David did really well. Roy was a fantastic midfielder and he’s a good friend of mine.
“But I’m not sure he’d have stopped it either. David was a bit disappointed but the ball was moving through the air. We reacted well.”
With United 1-0 down at half time, furious Keane had said: “De Gea is the most overrated goalkeeper I’ve seen in a long time.
“I am sick to death of this goalkeeper. I would be flying in at half time. I would be swinging punches at that guy. This is a standard save for a standard, international goalkeeper. I am flabbergasted.”
Bergwijn sped past England defender Harry Maguire to ram his effort through De Gea’s arms.
Keane added: “You’ve got to flex your muscles. Maguire and De Gea, I wouldn’t even let them on the bus after the game. Get a taxi back to Manchester.
“These are established international players. We’re trying to get in the top four. Shocking.
“I am disgusted with it. They should hang their heads in shame.”
Fernandes netted after Eric Dier brought down second-half substitute Paul Pogba.
The draw foiled Jose Mourinho’s bid to take his side to within a point of fifth-placed United. Instead it continued the worst run of the Spurs boss’s entire career with five defeats and two draws from the north Londoners’ last seven.
Tottenham would even have been robbed of all three points had VAR not overruled a late penalty from referee Jon Moss who believed – wrongly – that Eric Dier had fouled Bruno Fernandes.