Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has defended goalkeeper David de Gea after he came in for some stingy criticism from Roy Keane for his performance in Tottenham’s 1-1 draw.

Keane said he would have been “swinging punches” at De Gea had he been half-time in the Man Utd dressing room after the Spaniard failed to keep away the first-half drive of Steven Bergwijn.

After what he perceives as a string of high-profile errors, the former Red Devils skipper went on to say he was “sick to death” of De Gea, saying he would get a cab back to Manchester after the match instead of taking the team bus.

His goalie, who also made a fine stop to prevent Son Heung-Min, joking his former team-mate Keane wouldn’t have done much better, Solskjaer leaped to the rescue.

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“Well, I’m frustrated that the first time they’ve had a chance [see them] they score and the boy hit it very well. Roy has been a fantastic midfielder, a good friend of mine, I’m not sure he ‘d stop it either,” he said.

The Red Devils were significantly improved after the break and came close to being equalized when Hugo Lloris superbly upped the effort of Anthony Martial. They eventually gained a level through the penalty of Bruno Fernandes with nine minutes left after Eric Dier had fouled Paul Pogba.

The draw means United now stands just two points behind fourth-placed Chelsea and extends their unbeaten run to 12 matches in all competitions.

“Good performance, disappointed with the one point. I think we deserved more. I think three points worth the performance,” Solskjaer added.

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