We witnessed a surprise exit from the FA Cup on Friday night as Manchester United lost to Middlesborough on penalties.
The Championship outfit kept things close over 120 minutes and showed the nerve to beat them 8-7 in a penalty shootout. Anthony Elanga ended up being the unfortunate soul to misfire at the end.
It's a game that was definitely there for taking for Man United. Cristiano Ronaldo missed a penalty inside the first twenty minutes after Paul Pogba was brought down inside the box.
Jadon Sancho's first-half goal looked like it was the catalyst for things to come. Unfortunately, it brought a slew of wasted chances and near-misses for the home side.
With a Fourth Round exit down in the record books, Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher couldn't help but fire a bit of a dig at Roy Keane in the ITV studios.
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Back in November, Keane and Carragher had a war of words over Cristiano Ronaldo and why he was brought to Manchester United. Here's a snippet of it:
Keane: Ronaldo was never going to get Man Utd back winning league titles.
Carragher: What was the point in signing him? He's (36).
Keane: To win trophies! It's about trophies. Did you win the FA Cup?
Jamie Carragher: Yeah, I did.
Keane: He has come back for the FA Cup and the Champions League! They have got through to the next round of the Champions League. How much do you think that is worth to the club when you are looking at the business side of it - the Glazers, the share price? That's what he has come back for.
Well, with Roy Keane emphasising Cristiano Ronaldo's role in an FA Cup campaign, Carragher was his usual wind-up self and decided to send a message in Keane's direction.
— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) February 4, 2022
Keane on United
In the ITV studios after the game, Roy Keane commented on the scenes at Old Trafford and Man United's performance. He did give Middlesborough some credit for their efforts.
"They deserved a break," he said. "They had a bit of luck, obviously a bit of controversy over the handball. They grew into the game in the second half."
"Particularly on the counter-attack they looked like a bit more of a threat, they were getting bodies in the box. You could say, certainly in the second half, they deserved the equaliser."
It'll be a tough few days for youngster Anthony Elanga having missed the decisive penalty. The 19-year-old Swedish underage talent seemed to be devastated after the game.
"Obviously a player for the future," Keane said. "This will hurt him, the criticism you would say, you've got to hit the target and make the keeper save it. That's a sore one to take."