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Manchester United legend Roy Keane accused Scott McTominay of telling fibs in his post-match interview.
The Red Devils midfielder enjoyed one of his best afternoons ever at Old Trafford with a man-of-the-match performance.
McTominay incredibly scored twice inside the first three minutes against rivals Leeds United.
The Scot left Marcelo Bielsa’s men shell-shocked on their first return to Old Trafford in the top flight in 16 years.
United went on to thump Leeds 6-2 and the victory pushed them up to third place in the Premier League table.
They are five points off reigning champions Liverpool in top spot, while Leicester are just a point in front of United having played a game more.
Jurgen Klopp’s Reds have also played 14 compared to United’s 13 going into Christmas.
And Keane feels McTominay was lying after the Leeds triumph when he suggested United’s players don’t pay attention to the table this early in the campaign.
Speaking in the Sky Sports studio, the ex-United captain claimed: "I don't believe what McTominay said at the end about not looking at league tables.
“Everyone looks at league tables. Players and staff.”
Asked if they should be checking it, Keane replied: "Of course they should be. That's what they're playing the game for. You want to know where you are, where you're heading to. It's been a nice few days for United.
"For me, they beat Sheffield, they had Leeds, to put another marker down. I still think Liverpool are the strongest but United I think could certainly be the best of the rest."
Keane was very complimentary of McTominay’s game and progression, but did have advice for how to improve further still.
He continued: "He's 24, he's matured, he's a good shape. Played a lot of games at the top level and one or two different roles as well as with the national team.
"I even like his haircut. His haircut makes him look a bit sharper. There's options there as a midfielder. Your first option is always: 'can I pass it forward?'. I think he needs to do more of that.
"We see a lot of teams and it's about possession, tippy-tappy football, but also as a midfielder if there's space in front of you just run. Soccer's a running game. We saw that today – it was the perfect game for him. Plenty of space and he kept it simple. The kid's matured very, very well. I do like the look of him.
"He probably needs to improve more on his stats and goals but his role in the team generally has been protecting a back four that is kind of dodgy. Well, is dodgy."
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