Roy Keane lavished praise on Dean Henderson and Luke Shaw for their roles in Manchester United’s second goal against Manchester City.
United led 1-0 at the Etihad Stadium thanks to Bruno Fernandes’ second-minute penalty and doubled their lead after a strong start to the second half.
Henderson’s forward-thinking distribution saw the United ‘keeper throw the ball forward into Shaw’s path and the left-back beat Joao Cancelo to the ball, drove into the City half and exchanged a one-two with Marcus Rashford before firing into the bottom corner.
Whilst the bulk of the work was done by Shaw, who touch an excellent touch in the penalty area to set himself up, Keane was particularly impressed by Henderson’s role in the goal.
“I thought it was an excellent goal and I thought it was a really good throw from the goalkeeper because he puts a bit of pace on the throw, it goes in front of Shaw and forces him onto it,” Keane told Sky Sports.
“It’s not like he’s throwing it behind him. The ‘keeper has been excellent all game, nice body language, he looked comfortable out there.
“I thought this throw was excellent, he put him on the front foot and credit to Shaw after that, even Shaw when he got it back, what a lovely first touch.
“The first touch sets him up, a brilliant goal from Man United, it really was.”
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Manchester United secured a memorable 2-0 derby victory over Man City at the Etihad Stadium.
Bruno Fernandes and Luke Shaw scored the goals to clinch an unexpected, but empathic, victory for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s troops against the league leaders.
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He added, when asked about United’s season ambitions: “For the league? No, no – very, very difficult. But again, they’ve got such an important end to the season with cup games, it was vital they wanted to keep the momentum up.
“We said it earlier in the season: could they be the best of the rest? I think they’ve proved today that they can be. Excellent, Ole simplified everything, back to playing the ‘pass forward quickly, counter-attack, space’; everything panned out the way he wanted it to.
“Again, huge credit to United, they had a bit of swagger about them, they did have a helping hand but they certainly took advantage of that, they showed a bit of character.
“The goalkeeper was excellent, Ole said he had a nice presence about him – that’s what all great goalkeepers have. I think this kid has a great chance of being a brilliant goalkeeper for Man United.”