Kevin De Bruyne is like Paul Scholes AND Steven Gerrard, insists Jamie Redknapp after his dominant Manchester derby display, while Roy Keane says he’s ‘up there as one of the greatest Premier League midfielders of all time’
- Kevin De Bruyne scored twice as Manchester City beat United 4-1 on Sunday
- Belgian netted opener after five minutes and then put City back in front
- Roy Keane said De Bruyne was ‘up there’ with Premier League greats
- Micah Richards and Jamie Redknapp also praised Belgian’s imperious display
Roy Keane believes Kevin De Bruyne will go down as one of the all-time Premier League greats, after the Belgian produced a vintage performance in the Manchester derby.
City trounced United 4-1 at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday afternoon, with De Bruyne scoring twice in the first half, before Riyad Mahrez added a brace after the break.
The City captain opened the scoring after just five minutes, finishing off a slick move and then netted a second shortly after Jadon Sancho’s equaliser as he capitalised from some calamitous defending.
Kevin De Bruyne was imperious as Manchester City thrashed United 4-1 at the Etihad
Aside from his contributions in front of goal, De Bruyne was at imperious throughout the game and Keane was full of praise for the 30-year-old.
‘You’d pay to watch Kevin De Bruyne. He seems to be a really good pro, good attitude. Goals, assists, delivery. [He is a] brilliant player, [look at] the stats, [he is] fantastic,’ the Irishman said while discussing the game on Sky Sports’ Super Sunday panel.
‘He will be up there [as one of the best Premier League midfielders of all time] by the end of his career.’
Keane’s fellow pundits Jamie Redknapp and Micah Richards were similarly effusive in their praise for the Belgian.
The Belgian put on a masterclass and scored twice in the Manchester derby
De Bruyne scored the opener and then added a second to put City back in front (above)
‘Talk about elite players, the things Kevin De Bruyne can do with a football,’ Redknapp said.
‘The way he moves it, strikes it… he is to an extent the perfect footballer.
‘He’s similar to Paul Scholes in striking the ball but is as quick as Steven Gerrard. It’s a joy to watch him.
United could not contain the Belgian, who ran the show for the Premier League champions
‘He’s phenomenal. He’s different to most players.’
Richards added: ‘His standards are [high] up here. When he plays like that, he’s the best. Kevin De Bruyne is getting back to his best.’
Following a slow start to the season due to an ankle injury, De Bruyne has gradually worked his way back to his best and has already scored nine Premier League goals this season – his second-highest tally since joining City in 2015.