Roy Keane claims Man Utd star lacked ‘courage’ in Everton draw

Roy Keane predicts Manchester United will finish runners-up to Man City this season (Sky Sports)

Roy Keane says David De Gea lacked ‘courage’ in Manchester United’s draw with Everton but still believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side will finish second behind Manchester City this season.

United threw away a two-goal lead at Old Trafford and ended up drawing 3-3 with Carlo Ancelotti’s side following Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s injury time equaliser.

Solskjaer’s side remain in second place following the draw but are five points behind leaders Manchester City, who still have a game in hand after their 4-1 win over Liverpool on Sunday evening.

But Keane believes United will end up finishing the closest to City, who he predicts will be champions this season.

‘I’m surprised really, we weren’t thinking this over the last 12 months that United could challenge Manchester City, but I think they’ll be the best of the rest,’ Keane told Sky Sports.

‘They’re disappointed with last night dropping a few points but they still scored three goals, I still think they’ll finish second, they’ll finish the nearest to Manchester City.

Roy Keane says David De Gea lacked 'courage' in Everton's late equaliser against Manchester United

Roy Keane says David De Gea lacked ‘courage’ in Everton’s late equaliser (Pool via Reuters)

‘Listening to Ole and the last few performances and the goalkeeper last night… they probably don’t have the belief they can challenge Man City. And if you don’t have the belief you can do it, then there’s a good chance you won’t do it.

‘But they’re capable of scoring lots of goals. It’s not great but we said after the Arsenal game a few weeks ago, we didn’t have that feeling watching the game with that group of players.

‘Obviously when Ole came out with it last night that he didn’t feel they are ready to win the league. I just think if you’re playing for Man United and you’re up near the top you’ve got to believe you can win the league title.

‘Or what’s the point of being at Man United? You might as well go to a mid-table team, you’re at Man United to win titles, it’s as simple as that. I don’t tolerate this idea.

‘Particularly with the position they are in, they’ve got goals in their team but again defensively, particularly the goalkeeper, I’m certainly not his biggest fan, two goals last night, the one thing you want from your goalkeeper is courage and he didn’t show that for the equalising goal. Not a good sign.’

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