‘It’s like Carry On football… it’s like he’s had a drink’: Roy Keane hits out at David de Gea’s ‘horrible mistake’ which allowed Everton to draw level with Manchester United in their FA Cup tie
Roy Keane led the criticism of David de Gea’s bizarre goalkeeping mistake that allowed Everton to equalize against Manchester United in their FA Cup third round tie.
The Spanish goalkeeper was caught at his near post as the ball spun between his legs and crept into the path of Conor Coady with an empty net to draw Everton level at 1-1.
During ITV’s half-time coverage, Keane said it looked like the Spanish keeper had had ‘a few drinks’ because of his unusual mistake.
David de Gea made a strange mistake during Manchester United’s FA Cup tie with Everton
Somehow the Spanish keeper let the ball twist at his feet without being able to control it
De Gea just looked on as the ball gracefully fell for Conor Coady to slot into the net
When asked about the goal, the former United captain said: ‘Listen, it was a shocking mistake from an international goalkeeper.
‘De Gea there, it’s like Carry On football. He seems to have had a little to drink. Shocking mistake.
‘It’s almost as if the keepers were fired and an outfield players lost the goal, he didn’t know what to do! It was a terrible mistake.’
Keane’s comments compared the mistake to slapstick comedy in the ‘Carry On’ British comedy film series.
The man who drew Everton level, turned out to be the man to give United a goal late in the game as Coady put the ball into the back of his own net from a Rashford cross.
Roy Keane slams De Gea’s mistake saying it was ‘Carry On’ football and the keeper looked like he ‘had a bit to drink’
Although Keane wasn’t the only pundit to rip into De Gea’s mistake on Friday night.
His ITV co-pundit Ian Wright said: ‘WeTalking about a goalkeeper who, not so long ago, was one of the best on his feet. I don’t know what happened there.’
Wright’s former Arsenal teammate Lee Dixon, who was on co-commentary said at the time of the goal: ‘David De Gea had an absolute nightmare there. I’m not sure where he thinks the ball is going. What is he doing.
I couldn’t believe what I saw. He is one of the best goalkeepers in the world at making saves with his feet but in that case, just put your gloves on. What goes into his head.’
De Gea has long been regarded as one of the best keepers with the ball at his feet but not against Everton
Kevin Campbell also added on BBC Radio 5 Live that De Gea ‘should have done better’ while Alan Stubbs on BBC Radio Merseyside described it as a ‘shocking mistake’.
Fans have also picked up on the mistake on social media, with some labeling the 32-year-old as ‘done’.
Despite the error, De Gea’s team-mates bailed him out as they secured a 3-1 victory to progress to the fourth round of the FA Cup.
It’s not the first time Keane has taken a chance on De Gea after a mistake against Everton.
In 2020, Everton took the lead in the opening three minutes of the clash at Goodison Park, with Dominic Calvert-Lewin charging in De Gea’s delayed pass.
De Gea was released by his teammates as United reached the fourth round of the FA Cup
Speaking on Sky Sports’ coverage, Keane said: ‘As a manager, or a player, you kill him. I swear, it’s crazy. You are talking about people who are too smart.
‘It’s been so long, what is he waiting for? If you make a decision, make it quickly. These are huge moments for United in terms of trying to secure the top four.
‘You’ve got your experienced goalkeeper, what’s he waiting for? There is almost an arrogance here, “look at me, give me time”.
‘They almost thought they were outfield players. I would have lynched him at half time, I don’t have time for that carry on. I know keepers can make mistakes, but there’s no reason for that.’