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Roy Keane's "new beginning" prediction proves spot on after Man Utd's Chelsea draw


Manchester United put in a much-improved and spirited performance as they battled for a point against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge showing signs the Red Devils may have turned a corner

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Roy Keane expressed his optimism over a “new beginning” at Manchester United after the Red Devils battled for a point against table-toppers Chelsea.

Interim manager Michael Carrick dropped star striker Cristiano Ronaldo as he rung the changes with United looking to bounce back from their damaging 4-1 Premier League defeat to Watford last weekend.

That dismal result brought an end to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s reign as United manager with Ralf Rangnick now set to take over at Old Trafford until the end of the season.

On Sunday, Jadon Sancho opened the scoring for the visitors before a Jorginho penalty meant it was honours even at Stamford Bridge as United put up a far more spirited performance compared to those of recent weeks.







Roy Keane expressed his optimism that Manchester United have turned a corner after a more spirited display at Stamford Bridge
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According to former Red Devil and Sky Sports pundit Roy Keane, United’s display was a step in the right direction and offered hope that the club had turned a corner after their recent troubles, showing signs of a possible “new beginning”.

“There’s been a lot of talk with the new manager coming in that there will be high pressing and that was at the start of the game which is pretty easy to do,” Keane, speaking at half-time, said.

“Maybe that’s the start of a new beginning for Man United but the key is to keep it up. Hopefully it’s the new mindset and they have to keep it up and do more offensively.

“It’s Man United remember. It’s picking when to press, pick the right time.”

Keane was also enthused by the greater show of determination from United’s players, with the Red Devils having been accused of lacking identity and any form of game plan in recent weeks.

“Chelsea were by far the better team, they should’ve won, but United were spirited and stuck at it,” the former United captain added.

“They got a lot of blocks in so they’ll take some momentum from that. They got a good win in Europe so hopefully they can kick on.

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Caretaker manager Michael Carrick guided Manchester United to a commendable 1-1 draw at Chelsea
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“There have been a lot of changes, with a new manager coming in, there have been question marks over a few of the players but they stuck together and there was a spirit in the performance rather than real quality.”

Indeed, United went on to claim a much-needed draw against title contenders Chelsea.

However, while Keane drew positives from United’s much-improved display against a superior Chelsea, interim manager Carrick was left frustrated by the result.

“I’m disappointed actually,” Carrick said in his post-match interview. “When you are in front in a game like this to have it taken away is disappointing.

“I’m proud of the players and the group all week. In a difficult situation, we tried to make the best of it. But there is that little bitter feeling. We came to win the game. I’m a little disappointed, I can’t lie.

Despite failing to hide his discontent at not seeing out the win, Carrick did acknowledge that to feel so downhearted after earning a point in such a tricky fixture was proof of the progress United are steadily making.

He added: “To come away disappointed and to feel like you have left something out there is a positive.”

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