Roy Keane gives rare praise to Man United star and notices ‘a new beginning’ for the Reds devils

Manchester United legend Roy Keane surprised the Sky Sports studio by praising David de Gea during Sunday’s match against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Keane has been a long-term critic of De Gea but gave credit where it was due to the Spaniard for a save he made in the first half in west London.

United temporary boss Michael Carrick was likely taking charge of his final match before Ralf Rangnick’s appointment as interim head coach.

Carrick made a big call in leaving Cristiano Ronaldo out of his starting XI.

Chelsea enjoyed large parts of the first half and easily could have been a couple of goals in front.

But De Gea was on top form for the Red Devils, like he has been for most of the season.

The Spain international kept out Callum Hudson-Odoi from close range.

Keane has often in the past played down saves from goalkeepers, labelling it ‘their job’.

But he surprised former Chelsea striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink with his assessment of Hudson-Odoi’s chance.

“As we said before the game, for all the pressing, [United are] going to give up some chances,” Keane said.

“This is probably the big one, poor defending, Jimmy thinks he probably should score, I’m going to give De Gea credit.

“I actually thought it was a good save, which is unlike me.”

Hasselbanink replied: “That’s a surprise, you giving De Gea credit.”

Rangnick is likely to be in charge for the visit of Arsenal on Thursday.

The German is widely recognised as the man who created ‘gegenpressing’.

Keane noticed from the first whistle a change in approach from United and reckoned it could be the start of “a new beginning” for his old side.

“Possibly [there has been a change],” Keane said.

“Obviously there has been a lot of talk recently with the new manager coming in that they’re going to be high-pressing.

“This is at the start of the game. It’s pretty easy to do this because you tell your team to start quickly, close them down.

“And yeah maybe that’s the start of a new beginning for Man United but of course the key is to keep it up.

“Eventually after a minute or two, that is where Chelsea got their chances.

“But yeah, hopefully the new mindset, but they’ve got to keep it up obviously and still do more when they’re in possession. It’s Man United, remember.

“It’s picking when to press, time and a place, don’t be silly like we saw recently against Watford and Liverpool. Pick the right time to press.”