Roy Keane sends ‘lovely’ message to Man United players

The Man United legend was moved to see the Red Devils show sportsmanship at Benfica

Man United legend Roy Keane Photo: ITV Sport

Roy Keane praised the Manchester United players for comforting Benfica’s teenage goalkeeper Mile Svilar in a 1-0 Champions League win in Portugal on Wednesday night.

Svilar became the youngest-ever goalkeeper to feature in Europe’s premier club competition at the tender age of 18 after he was handed his Benfica debut for the visit of the three-time champions.

The Red Devils secured their third successive Champions League win thanks to England international Marcus Rashford’s second-half winner at the Estadio de Luz.

Svilar initially managed to catch Rashford’s free-kick before the Benfica shot stopper inadvertently carried the ball over his line to help Manchester United make the breakthrough.

The Red Devils showed their sporting side following the 1-0 win when Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic moved to comfort Svilar as the Benfica debutant digested his mistake.

Keane was a ruthless operator during his distinguished Manchester United career, but the retired Red Devils captain showed a softer side in his analysis of the moment of sportsmanship at the final whistle.

“That was really nice to see after the game,” Keane told ITV Sport.

“Really sad [that it happened]. They were lovely touches.

“He’s a young lad, he’s learning his trade and unfortunately sometimes you have to learn the hard way by making big mistakes in big moments.

“But that was a lovely touch by the United lads – really nice to see.”

Manchester United are sitting on nine points at the top of Champions League Group A and three points clear of their closest challengers Basel.

The Red Devils are looking to win their first Premier League title since 2013.

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