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Roy Keane praises criticised Man United star for key decision vs Liverpool



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Manchester United drew 0-0 against Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday in a tense Premier League clash.

It was a good point for Erik ten Hag’s side, who defended extremely well at the ground they crumbled at last term.

The likes of Kobbie Mainoo and Raphaël Varane earned deserved praise for their performances in the game as two of the best United players on the pitch.

However, it was Scott McTominay who was singled out by former Red Roy Keane following the game for a decision he made ahead of kick-off.

Captaining the side for the first time in the Premier League, McTominay won the toss in the centre circle and decided to switch ends, meaning that Liverpool would kick towards the ‘iconic’ Kop End in the first half instead of the second.

Keane believed that this had a positive impact for United as many, including Gary Neville, believed it was the worst atmosphere at Anfield during a game against The Reds.

“He has done well. He made a good start by winning the toss,” he told Sky Sports after the game.

“I think that was a very good move, very smart of him. He has had his critics, and the whole team have had their critics, but we have to give them credit today.”

McTominay was somewhat wasteful in several situations when United looked to break but managed to win 12 duels across the game – more than any other player on the pitch.

“There is always going to be high intensity from Liverpool, and it was good that we limited that to a degree in the first half,” the Scotsman told the BBC. “It was an open game in terms of the end.

“We had a couple of chances, so there’s positive things to take from the game. We didn’t win, so we need to keep building.”