April 13, 2024

The interview that Erik ten Hag gave following Manchester United’s victory over Everton did not sit well with Roy Keane.


Roy Keane, the former captain and midfielder for Manchester United, publicly chastised Red Devils manager Erik ten Hag after the Dutchman gave captain Bruno Fernandes credit for a particular move he made as his team defeated Everton 3-0.


Three minutes into the intense match, Argentina’s Alejandro Garnacho lit up Goodison Park with a beautiful connection on an overzealous cross from Diogo Dalot that saw the ball fly past Jordan Pickford, who really had no chance.


The hosts made every attempt to tie the game, but Marcus Rashford—who has recently struggled for goals—converted from 12 yards out, adding even more agony to the suffering.


Then, with three goals to the good, Anthony Martial, who may be allowed to leave for free in the summer, scored his second goal of the year with a skillful chip over Pickford.



Although the team is now four points outside of the Champions League spots as a result of the win, Keane was quick to criticise Ten Hag’s praise for Fernandes, calling it “absolutely bloody rubbish.”


Erik ten Hag praises Bruno Fernandes


Ten Hag lavished Fernandes with praise, as was previously mentioned. But why? To give Rashford more confidence, the team’s stalwart penalty taker Fernandes chose to pass the ball to him in the 56th minute, when the Manchester team was awarded a penalty after a VAR review.


It marks just the Englishman’s second goal of the campaign and to say he was on a goal drought was an understatement.


Rashford, 26, enjoyed his career-best season in front of goal in 2022/23, scoring 30 goals and notching a further 11 assists in all competitions.


Fernandes will be hoping that his spot kick against Everton may kick him into gear.

Rashford Bruno


“You can see also how great a captain Bruno [Fernandes] is to sense that his teammate needed that goal. Bruno will net definitely, but he has the confidence in Rashy, who is a very good penalty taker.

“Take that ball and take your confidence. As a team you need leadership.

You back each other, you cover eachother and you give each other confidence because you need it to get a successful season.”


Many fans and pundits alike – including Keane – have criticised the club’s decision to hand Fernandes the armband on the back of his petulance.


Though, both former teammates Juan Mata and David de Gea have both rallied behind the 29-year-old amid doubts over his suitability to lead this team onto the pitch.


Roy Keane slams Ten Hag for Fernandes praise

In vintage Keane fashion, the Irishman spoke on Sky Sports and gave his thoughts about his former side’s current situation, despite being the most in-form side in the Premier League with five wins from six outings.


“He’s giving toffee out there to Bruno for passing on the ball for the penalty. Absolute bloody rubbish. Absolute rubbish coming out with that. Manchester United are sixth now – if you went back a few years, if you were sixth you’d be embarrassed.

“But obviously they seem happy with sixth. They have a long way to go. Manchester United have to be competing with the best teams. That’s including Liverpool, [Manchester] City, Arsenal.”

Admittedly, the game has changed massively since Keane was strutting his stuff in the centre of the park – and so back in his heyday, a gesture like Fernandes’ would’ve been frowned upon, though the Portugal international would claim it was done in good faith.

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