Roy Keane was left eating his own words after lambasting Manchester United’s defence prior to their 0-0 clash against Manchester City.
The Red Devils were looking to bounce back from their Champions League mishaps midweek against their biggest rivals.
After crashing out of the European tournament at the group stage, as a result of some glaring defensive errors, Keane was not optimistic.
The ex-United captain has been critical of his former side’s defence in the past and was equally as scathing pre-match on Sky Sports.
He said: “They need to win today. They need to start quickly. They need to smash into people. They need to make it a derby game.
“My biggest worry, as usual, is the goalkeeper and the back four, they give you nightmares.
“If United can win the game, all of a sudden you look at the table and it looks like a decent start to the season.
“United have to get the ball forward quickly. They have players at the top end of the pitch who can cause damage.
“I seem to say it every week that it’s a must-win game for United.”
But the home side put on a defensive display, with Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof and David de Gea all performing astutely.
However, they were helped out by a seemingly reluctant opponent, who are renowned for their final-third ability.
City seemed more intent on preventing United from counter-attacking rather than forcing their usual offensive intent.
As a result, their forwards seemed blunted, hoping for a moment of brilliance from Kevin de Bruyne – but when he did supply that magic touch, both Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez failed to make it count.
The first-half was largely uneventful but that all changed just moments after the break when Kyle Walker fouled Marcus Rashford in the box.
Referee Chris Kavanagh took a moment to point to the spot and VAR replays showed there was no mistake there.
However, the decision was overturned after it emerged Rashford had ran into an offside position from Bruno Fernandes’ pass.
Overall, Pep Guardiola and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer appeared happy to take a point.
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This is confusing given both their positions in the Premier League and their ambitions to finish in the top four.
City have the title in their sights but on displays like this, it is easy to see why their goalscoring antics have taken a significant blow.
With no Sergio Aguero on the bench, there was no-one on the bench able to make the difference but that is not good enough for a team that has spent money so freely in recent years.