Richard Keys aims thinly-veiled dig at Roy Keane over David de Gea blast

Richard Keys has aimed a swipe at Manchester United legend Roy Keane over the Irishman's assessment of current Red Devils goalkeeper David de Gea.

Keane was typically ruthless when discussing De Gea's performance against Tottenham in United's first game back after the enforced mid-season hiatus due to the coronavirus crisis.

The Spaniard was at fault as Stephen Bergwijn fired Spurs in front, before Bruno Fernandes scored from the penalty spot to earn Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men a share of the spoils.

"I am sick to death of this goalkeeper," Keane said. "I would be flying in at half time. I would be swinging punches at that guy.

"This is a standard save for a standard, international goalkeeper. I am flabbergasted. There's got to be some stuff going on at half-time.

"I wouldn't even let him on the bus after the game. Get a taxi back to Manchester."

But Keys, who fronted Sky Sports' coverage of the Premier League alongside long-time colleague and pal Andy Gray for many years, has hit back.

"I’m wondering," he wrote on Twitter. "Is the new Utd keeper David de Gea – ridiculously singled out for the most vile tv abuse – related to the same guy that won PoY 4 times at OT?

"Or the guy that put on a master class at Spurs last season? Oh how quickly we forget. He’s a class act."

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De Gea will get the chance to improve Keane's perception when the Red Devils face Sheffield United at Old Trafford tonight.

The game could have huge implications in the race for Europe, with the Blades just two points behind Solskjaer's side who sit fifth in the table.

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