Roy Keane hailed a “proper Manchester United performance” after watching his old side beat Manchester City 2-1 in the derby on Saturday.
United stunned City with a devastating first-half display as they won at The Etihad to leave the champions a whopping 14 points behind Liverpool.
After beating Tottenham in midweek, United have now won back-to-back games for the first time this term, and now sit just five points off the top four to ease the pressure on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
United were superb for 30 minutes, scoring twice through Marcus Rashford’s penalty and Anthony Martial, then defended well for the remainder whilst being in control of the game for large periods.
And Keane was delighted with what he saw from his former club.
“I absolutely did not see this coming,” Keane said.
“It was fantastic – a proper Manchester United performance. Lots of bravery and personality. They were outstanding.
“I don’t think beating Tottenham was a big deal at home, but that win today will give the players a lot of confidence as they have been criticised – nobody likes to be criticised.
“But hats off to Manchester United, whatever happens in January with the speculation, question marks over Ole, they were outstanding.
“This was a Manchester United performance.
“It wasn’t all about how they countered attacked, it was how they managed the game, got blocks in and showed personality.
“I really enjoyed watching them – it’s what Manchester United is all about. But the key is to be consistent, week-in, week-out. Hopefully these young players will pick up on that.”
Meanwhile, former Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov has expressed his doubts over whether reported target Erling Braut Haaland would fit in with their style of play.
Haaland is one of the most in-demand strikers in Europe thanks to his blistering start to the season with RB Salzburg, with a number of top clubs lining up for his signature.
United are among the main names to be linked, with the 19-year-old having been coached by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the past at Molde.
However, Berbatov – who scored 56 goals in 149 appearances for United across a four-year spell – thinks the Red Devils’ attack has been functioning well enough for the club not to consider bringing in a new striker in January. Read more…