|Born||1971 08 10|
|Job||Manchester United Captain|
|ITV football pundit|
|Desc||Roy Keane is the fiery Irishman who became Manchester United’s midfield general during the most successful period of Sir Alex Ferguson’s managerial reign. Known for his hard work, hard tackling and passionate displays, during his 12 years at Old Trafford he made the midfield his own|
|Org||Ireland National Team|
|Club as Coach||Sunderland|
|Club as Player||Manchester United|
|Brian Clough [Nottingham Forest coach]|
|Theresa Doyle||Roy Keane is married to Theresa Doyle. The couple are believed to have met when she was a dentist’s assistant and he was playing for Nottingham Forest in 1992. Roy and Theresa exchanged vows in 1997 at a ceremony in Mayfield, Cork. They have five children: Shannon, Caragh, Aidan, Leah and Alanna|
|Mick McCarthy||Roy famously missed the World Cup in 2002 and has since admitted it was his biggest regret. He claimed he should’ve put his personal issues with football manager Mick McCarthy to one side for the sake of the team|
|Alf Inge Haaland||Roy Keane famously harboured a violent grudge for 3 years against him after injuring himself trying to foul the Norwegian|
- 1990 12
- Roy Keane was named Barclays Young Eagle of the Month for December
- 1999 05
- Roy Keane, Manchester United Captain, holding the Premiership Trophy to the Fans at Old Trafford after winning the League Title 1999 the final score was 2-1 with Arsenal as runner up
2007 03 09 Retrieve
[Roy Keane talks about Nyron Nosworthy] Now that Nos has switched to centreback, he’s got much less time on the ball, which is best for all concerned
2009 02 23 Retrieve
[Former Sunderland manager Roy Keane has admitted that his decision to leave the Black Cats was, in the main, down to a rift with main shareholder Ellis Short] I went down to London to meet him twice. I thought, hmm, the dynamics are changing here. He said he had read my book. I felt he was thinking from the start that I wasn’t for him. He sort of knew this wasn’t going to be a long-term relationship
[When Sunderland slumped into a run of six defeats in seven games in October and November] It started with a demand to know where I had been the previous day, that he wanted me available at all times. Then there were accusations about how often I came in, about moving my family up. And it was the tone. It didn’t upset me, what happened at Sunderland. It was a business decision. Even for me I suppose it was a business decision. I couldn’t give my heart and soul with this fella on my shoulder. That, I’m sure, is how he works.
2012 05 04 Retrieve
[Roy Keane says he told Mick McCarthy where to go and he wasn’t sent home from Saipan in 2002] Mick sent me nowhere. I told him where to go. What? Do you think Mick McCarthy said to me, ‘I’m sending you home’?
[When quizzed that McCarthy had said ‘I decided to send him home’ back in 2002, Keane was emphatic] That’s not true. Was this the press conference that was done within half an hour of the private meeting with, what’s his name, the lad who organised the media? Piss-up in brewery springs to mind, but there you go.
In defence of Mick, what was going on was a joke. I know when I became a manager myself I appreciated what a hard job it is. So for Mick to have had to organise even the training grounds, you’d have to go over and have a look at them and so on. And I’m sure that was part of the build up of pressure with all of us. When you’re a manager, trying to get footballers is hard enough, without having to make sure there’s footballs and training kits there
[Ahead of Ireland’s first appearance at a major tournament in a decade, Keane said he was glad to see a more upbeat mood from the team and added that James McClean should make the squad] Personally I’d throw him in there. I know he’s young, but sometimes it doesn’t matter. He affects the game. He scores goals, he gets assists, he’s got a good attitude
There’ve been good noises coming out of camp, like from John O’Shea, ‘we want to make an impact, we want to do well’ – that’s great, instead of ‘let’s go over there and enjoy ourselves’
2012 05 26 Retrieve
[Roy Keane on former team-mate Gary Neville following the latter’s appointment to the England coaching staff] Gary can talk, but don’t think for one minute he was as influential in the dressing room as people might think he was. Gary would say his piece, but he wasn’t running the show – far from it. So don’t think for one minute he will be going into England and calling the shots
2013 10 26 Retrieve
[Roy Keane on Sir Alex Ferguson’s criticism of his former Manchester United players] I remember having conversations with the manager when I was at the club about loyalty. I don’t think he knows the meaning of the word. It doesn’t bother me too much what he has to say about me, but to constantly criticise other players at the club who brought him a lot of success, I find very, very strange. I just don’t think the manager needs to do it. I don’t know how many books he’s written now but you have to draw the line eventually, to say, ‘Listen, these players have all been top servants to Man United and a lot of these players helped the manager win lots of trophies’. Can you imagine if we never won a trophy what he would have said? We brought success to the club, we gave it everything we had when we were there
2013 11 05 Retrieve
[Roy Keane on Paul Scholes] Scholesy is just the model professional. I remember that whenever we were playing in Europe, at half-time there were players running to get his shirt. That just goes to show how highly he’s thought of on the continent. He’s a master
2013 12 31 Retrieve
[In a wholly unsurprising development, Keane immediately bites back, querying why the Scot felt the need to slam so many of the players that had served him so well at Old Trafford] I remember having conversations with the manager when I was at the club about loyalty. In my opinion, I don’t think he knows the meaning of the word
2014 03 01 Retrieve
[Roy Keane on English Premier League] I think we’ve been brainwashed by the [idea that] the Premier League is the best league in the world. Nonsense. It’s the best brand, but we’ve seen over the last few weeks with a lot of the English teams struggling that these teams have fallen behind the top teams in Europe; [Manchester] United in particular
2015 03 13 Retrieve
[Roy Keane on Iker Casillas & Real Madrid] We say Schalke did well, but the goalkeeper’s thrown the first three in. If you want to get the big prizes you need to have a top goalkeeper. On tonight’s performances, they’ll be in trouble for the quarters and semis
2015 05 09 Retrieve
[Roy Keane on Real’s defeat by Juventus] It was difficult for Madrid to play with ten men. Gareth Bale gave them nothing. There was a lack of confidence, he kept making the easy decision. His team-mates can’t be happy with him. He took the easy option every time. I’m angry with [Carvajal] and I’m not even involved. It was schoolboy stuff – they should lynch him
2015 10 11 Retrieve
[Roy Keane responds to being asked if Robbie Keane would be available to face Germany with the Republic of Ireland on Thursday – three days after wife Claudine gave birth] He didn’t have the baby, did he? Unless he’s breastfeeding he should be fine
2015 11 28 Retrieve
[on Patrick Vieira] I don’t think we’ll ever be bosom buddies buying each other a drink in the pub but out of everybody I ever faced as a player, he drove me to become better. Obviously Arsenal were the team that really challenged Manchester United and, for a short time, went past us. And as their leader Patrick was immense. Without doubt I’d put him alongside (Zinedine) Zidane, (Paul) Scholes, (Steven) Gerrard and (Frank) Lampard as one of the very best I’ve ever played with or against, he was that good. On his day, when he was driving Arsenal on with the sheer force of his personality, he was unplayable
2015 12 30 Retrieve
[on Sir Alex Ferguson] He stands out with his will to win, he knows football, he knows his players and he knows his own club inside-out
2016 06 04 Retrieve
[Roy Keane after the Republic of Ireland’s friendly defeat to Belarus] I wanted to kill some of them last night. They should count their blessings they’ve managed to get on the flight - a reality check for one or two players who thought they were good players
2016 06 18 Retrieve
[Republic of Ireland assistant coach Roy Keane on Eden Hazard] He’s a really, really top player. He’s maybe had a difficult season, I suppose, but maybe that’s because he set his standards so high the previous season. Don’t get me the wrong way, I think he’s an outstanding player. But if you ask me if I was playing with anybody, be it Nottingham Forest, Rockmount, Cobh Rambers and they were constantly talking about wanting to leave and they had a poor attitude to training, then I would kick them in training. But I have kind of done that with most players, I suppose, even lads who didn’t want to leave
2016 09 17 Retrieve
[Roy Keane on managers Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho] He said he’s a challenging coach - doesn’t look like he messes about. I wouldn’t like to mess with him. Two coaches in Manchester. Mourinho reckons he’s the special one, to me this guy is
2016 10 12 Retrieve
[The dispiriting case of how new Theo Walcott disappeared for England. Roy Keane’s dismissive assessment of that Theo Walcott’s recent flurry of form at club level] Listen, the guy needs to relax. Try playing well for the next seven, eight, nine months when the real crunch games come. I wouldn’t get carried away about Walcott. He’s got to keep doing it over the next year or two
2017 10 03 Retrieve
[Roy Keane says Football players fearing concussion should play chess] I suppose there is research ongoing with regard to concussion. If you’re worried about the physical side of any sport, then play chess. It’s part of the game, whether it’s hurling or American football. You see the rugby lads. When you cross the line, there is an element of risk involved. They all want to play but know the risk. I’m sure there is research. But there is a chance you might get hurt. It is part of the game. I was surprised when I read about [Doyle’s retirement]. He was involved in provisional squads. It’s sad, he feels he made the right decisions.
He’s a decent guy and did well for Ireland. He’s 34, felt he had a decent innings and maybe this is the right time. Health is your wealth as they say. I saw the statement which said he had one or two concussions. We mentioned risk and, when you walk on to a football pitch, there is an element of risk. He feels it is right for him.
It is part of the game, players picking up injuries. He is a centre forward and he gets a few knocks from centre-backs; I’m sure he has given out a few himself. It’s a physical game
2018 07 11 Publish
I like home comforts, but then I want to be this hell-raiser. [Speaking of his wife, he said] She’s had to bite her tongue a few times. I wouldn’t say Theresa likes every part of the package
[Roy Keane famously missed the World Cup 2002] To play in the World Cup. It would have been nice to play. A lot of people were disappointed, particularly my family. Mick McCarthy did say to me that, ‘If you don’t respect me, how can you play for me?’ What I should have said was, ‘I wasn’t playing for him, I was playing for my country’ - but I think it had obviously gone then
2019 01 31 Retrieve
[Roy Keane says his family don’t like spending too much time with him] My plan when I first stopped was, we’re going to go on some family trips, we’re going to be like the Waltons. We’re all going to spend time together, go walk in the park. And after a month or two they didn’t have the same plan as me so I think they were kind of missing me going to work
I got offered the job at Sunderland and I was away on a family holiday and my family were looking at me … not saying it directly but going we kind of enjoy your company but not too much of it. So when the job came back up they were saying you should go for it
[The former Ireland coach recently became Martin O’Neill’s assistant at Nottingham Forest but revealed that his retirement days have him leading a very normal life] I did an interview a few years ago and some guys asked me who puts my bins out and I said ‘I’ve to put my bins out. I’m living a normal life’. I’ve offered my young fella a few bob but he won’t do it. So there’s things you have to do and drive the kids to school and I’m stuck in traffic going like is this my life
2019 04 26 Retrieve
[Roy Keane says Fred is lazy] You need to see Fred for the second goal? You are talking about players giving it their all. That’s cheating. What he has done is cheating, letting a guy run off him
2019 06 16 Retrieve
[Roy Keane’s Labrador retriever Triggs shot to stardom when the Irish midfielder was spotted walking his dog following the 2002 World Cup incident. The stoney-faced Keane was accompanied by the bouncing dog which melted hearts around the world, with the United man telling the press] Unlike humans, dogs don’t talk shit
[In 2010 it was revealed Triggs had contracted cancer, but managed to live a further two years until her death in 2012. Keane said at the time] You will have me crying in a minute, so be careful. She had a good life. She was about 13 and unless you’ve had a dog you will never understand. She had a good innings, as they say
2019 08 01 Retrieve
[This is about 2005 when Roy Keane also complained about the monotony of training to Carlos Queiroz, asking him] Do you shag your wife in the same position every night?
[After Fergie chose Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs to have dinner with the resort’s owner, as opposed to Keane, and Carlos Queiroz threw a training bib at the Irishman and forced him to play up front, the skipper admitted] It was the beginning of the end for me at United. They were already starting to plan life without me
2019 09 30 Retrieve
If I could win my battle with Patrick Vieira we had a chance of winning the game
I would know a couple of days before these games, any slight injury I may have, I would be feeling it. I would always feel like I was going to war with these boys anyway, so I would be feeling the aches and pains before the game, never mind afterwards. That’s what you play the game for … Patrick would have been [his toughest opponent] at the time. Patrick would challenge you in different ways, he could get around the pitch, he was good on the ball, he had a goal in him. I knew I had to be at my very very best to get on top of Patrick
[Jamie Carragher asked Keane if he felt that him getting the better of Vieira was the key to winning those games, and it was certainly something he agreed with] I think because of the position we were playing in in the middle of the park, if you can win your midfield battles it does give you a good chance of winning football matches
There was also a respect towards Patrick, because when I knew I had to be at my best it was a respect towards Patrick. It was the same for other lads coming through, your Steven Gerrards and Frank Lampards, so huge respect to Patrick.
I knew we were in a team game, but I knew if I could win my battle with Patrick then obviously it gives us a better chance of winning the game
2019 10 01 Retrieve
When you are playing, you are in that bubble. I was probably quite critical of the lads I played with in midfield, whether it be Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs or David Beckham. I was always putting more demands on the players around me. I suppose I never wanted to sit back and think ‘we’re a good team with a great midfield’. When I look back now, I think what brilliant players they were. I never gave myself a chance to relax and think we were good because if you start getting carried away with yourself, it kicks you where it hurts.
We were just constantly pushing each other, testing each other but now, when your career is over, you look back at Becks, Butty and Giggsy and think, what brilliant players. When you glance back and look at some of the players, just as important as anything else - and we talk about what Manchester United might lack now - they were brilliant lads, brilliant team-mates to have.
They were just great lads who were well grounded. I always felt at United that we always had a good dressing room and that’s not to say we didn’t have difficult days. I just always felt we had good characters. The manager would remind us every now and again before we’d go into certain big games, you are in the trenches are you happy with the lads around you? I’d always look around the lads in the United dressing room and go, yes
They were all brilliant lads and that was a huge part of it. Could they play? Were they talented? Of course, they could play, or they wouldn’t have been at Manchester United, but they worked their socks off. Ryan Giggs and David Beckham, for example - we talk about how brilliant they were going forward but they were brilliant at getting back as well. They weren’t the type of players who were so good at going forward and lazy at getting back. They would cover the yards, get back and they had the talent going forward to create chances and score goals in big games. They were brilliant team-mates
It was a big challenge for me when Patrick Vieira came onto the scene. He was a good player and I knew I had to be at my best when I was up against him. He was nasty, he could put his foot in and he could score a goal. Patrick would’ve been my toughest opponent at the time. He would challenge you in different ways. He would get around the pitch, he was good with the ball, he was strong, and he had a goal in him. I knew I had to be at my very, very best to get on top of Patrick
There was a respect towards Patrick Vieira. It was the same with the lads coming through. I go back to Steven Gerrard and the Frank Lampard. You had to be at your best. I had huge respect for him, but I knew if I could win my battle it would give us a better chance of winning the game
There was talk about Patrick Vieira [going to Manchester United], but I don’t think he would have got into the United team. He would’ve had to have been a squad player and I don’t think he would’ve been satisfied with that
What we would’ve done, when Juan Sebastian Veron came to the club, you see that as a challenge. The club has to improve, get better and you have to roll with it, roll your sleeves up and enjoy the challenge. If you want to be a big player at a big club, you have to accept these challenges
I was never one for argy bargy or slagging people off in the tunnel, but Patrick Vieira had threatened Gary Neville in the tunnel, and I felt he crossed the line. The key for me after that is don’t be distracted by it. Focus on the match. The most important thing that night was to win the game, which we did. I always think these things look worse than what they really are. Tunnel spat summed up the rivalry
[Deeper role came naturally] I would’ve had to have changed my game, whoever was coming through because I was getting a bit older. With the likes of Paul Scholes, who were more of a goal threat going forward, my role in the team changed. I was sitting a bit deeper, dictating the game a bit more and I started enjoying that challenge.
We go on about having big influences at the club, but I remember when I first got to United from Nottingham Forest, I was a midfielder who got forward and scored goals. A simple chat with Bryan Robson after a year or two at United, who said you might have to get more involved in the set-up of play and dictating the play. I didn’t think I had the confidence to do it. I said that’s not my game, but he said if you want to become a big player for Manchester United you are going to have to get involved in the build-up of play.
So that just happened naturally and the more games I played, the more confidence I built up. And when I played with Scholes, Nicky Butt and Juan Sebastian Veron, they were keener on getting forward so I just automatically started sitting a bit deeper, and I enjoyed that role as well because there are big demands on that role
[On that being the best Roy Keane during that era] My contract was up so I thought I’d play for a new contract or if I leave [Manchester United] on a free transfer, I’ll get a better deal somewhere else. What helped is I was surrounded by brilliant players. If you are surrounded by good players it does help you, but I was having a decent spell. I was a good age. I’d had the setback of a cruciate injury. I was coming back, I was hungry and as I said, my contract was up so I had a lot to play for
2019 10 20 Retrieve
[Manchester United have had their worst league start in 30 years this season] Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs some results. It’s great when you talk about having a plan, they need some results. He’s got to get more out of the players he got. Ole needs to get more out of this group of players. If you’re not winning, the pressure builds. His record has not been good enough, and it needs to improve fast
[Roy Keane blast the club] It’s great when everyone talks about having a plan, but they need some results. There is a lot of talk about players that have left the club and who they might get in in January. Also, Ole has got to get more from the players he has got. I said earlier we haven’t seen the evidence that this group of players can win games on a regular basis. If you’re losing football games, like every manager on the planet, the pressure builds. His record hasn’t been good enough recently, he knows that and they need to improve and fast
2019 11 17 Retrieve
[Roy Keane praises Virgil van Dijk] He’s been fantastic. The sign of a brilliant player is when he makes those around him better. The stats behind it are fantastic
2019 11 19 Retrieve
[Man Utd legend Keane branded ‘arrogant’ & ‘shameful’ for ‘shocking’ criticism of Declan Rice. He previously worked with the 20-year-old before the versatile Hammers star took the decision to switch allegiance from Ireland to the Three Lions] Where he needs to improve, there are plenty of aspects if you think about it. Over the last few months he has had a lot of praise, I worked with him while he was with the Ireland squad. Where does he need to improve, where do you want me to start? His positional play I don’t think is consistent enough, he doesn’t stay with runners, he’s sloppy in possession. I can go on
2019 12 20 Retrieve
[Quote on Zlatan] He looks a good character. You’d be happy to play with him. As a player? Really, really good. Talented boy. Looks a bit of a character
2020 03 14 Retrieve
[Roy Keane on Chelsea’s 18-year-old midfielder Billy Gilmour] I was sitting at home with my cup of tea and my chocolate in front of me and I didn’t have the volume on. And as the game started I literally got out of my seat, which I very rarely do and I thought, ‘Who is this kid in midfield?’ There’s certain traits you want from the midfielder. Obviously you want them to be good on the ball. Football intelligence, composure. He had everything. It was one of the best performances I’ve seen in a long, long time
2020 04 24 Retrieve
[Keane jumps to defence of Premier League stars after Ozil criticisms] I’m not sure how I’d have dealt with it, I have a lot of sympathy for the players out there, a lot of players are getting criticised. Looking at it now, particularly with the way I left United, and I’m talking about players at the really big, big clubs, with a lot of wealthy owners and pressure to take pay cuts, I wouldn’t take a pay cut if I was at one of the bigger clubs. It’s nobody’s business what you do with your wages. You take your wages and if you want to be generous, go ahead and do it, there’s a lot of speculation out there but I don’t think people should believe everything they read about what players are doing, taking 10 per cent or 15 per cent. Players should not feel under pressure, particularly at the big clubs. I know everyone is different, different circumstances, but your contract with the club is a personal matter and this idea that all the players have do to this is nonsense, it’s up to the individual and if they want to stick to their wages, while they have a billionaire in the background, then do that. I am surprised at the amount of people jumping on the bandwagon and criticising the players, it’s nobody’s business. I’m talking about the clubs with wealthy owners, I have sympathy for the lower leagues, you make sacrifices in the lower leagues but the players at the top, where the clubs have the money, stick to your guns. At the bigger clubs the money is available to the players, individual players getting criticised is unfair, you have different personalities in the dressing room. Some players getting their full wages might be the most generous people on the planet and let them do what they want, for the NHS or whatever charity but I’d fight the players’ corner.
2020 04 24b Retrieve
[Roy Keane sees cause for optimism in Manchester United’s progress over recent months] I think there’s certainly a feel-good factor back at United over the past number of games. Also, in the back of your mind, you’re thinking if [Paul] Pogba can get back, people like [Marcus] Rashford can get fit towards the end of the season, that would be a big boost for them. So there’s definitely a feel-good factor, but there’s still a long way back for United yet. I still think they’re a long way behind City and, obviously, Liverpool. The signs are a lot better than six months ago, 12 months ago. The signings have all settled in very, very well and will only get better with time. If they can have a good finish to the season - if we get back to playing games - and if they can get one or two very good players again in the summer, then that’s another big step. I always think in terms of their recovery, there’s still a bit to go yet.
Whenever we talk about the big clubs, everyone always talks about attacking players,” he said. “I still think they need one or two defenders. I’m still not convinced with the centre-halves, I’m certainly not convinced with [left-back Luke] Shaw. I think [Brandon] Williams has done well as a young kid, even though he’s right-footed playing on that side
2020 04 26 Retrieve
[Rather than fear for his position, Keane relished Veron’s arrival] I always enjoyed that. That was probably my favourite part of being at a brilliant club. When I first went to United you had Incey [Paul Ince], Robbo [Bryan Robson], Butty coming through, Scholesy, and then Veron
I used to get excited when the club would sign a big player because that’s the nature of the game. Even when I first came to United, I remember shaking hands with Robbo, a player I had big respect for, but Robbo knew I was after his position. So when other lads were coming through, and even Veron’s a good example. Veron came to the club, he was an excellent player, okay it didn’t work out for him at United, but he was an excellent player
[It could be suggested that Keane’s role as captain hampered Veron’s chances of securing a regular role in the side, but the Irishman feels that wasn’t the case] I never thought I was any sort of leader, I knew I had to work hard every day to prove myself to get into that starting XI. So when Veron came to the club I enjoyed it. I knew it would be another challenge for me. And a lot of my biggest challenges for me when I was a player, and it might sound arrogant, was our 11 vs 11 at United.
We talk a lot about Scholesy, [who] was a brilliant player, but Nicky Butt was also a fantastic player. Good character, good banter in the dressing room, basically a guy you want to be in the trenches with. I enjoyed those battles, and they were battles I had to try to win.
2020 04 26b Retrieve
[Keane: I didn’t have much in common with Rooney and Ferdinand] Your dressing room’s always changing, as most summers you have one or two new faces that come in. The dynamic changes as young players come in. To be honest, when I was getting towards the end of my career, I was looking around the dressing room and we had players like Wayne and Rio Ferdinand, Darren Fletcher and John O’Shea and things were changing. The dynamics were changing, and I always used to roll with it - I didn’t mind because it would give you a new type of energy, especially if they were good players who could help us win trophies. But towards the end, I remember thinking that with some of these lads, I didn’t get them and their banter, their humour. I was barely having a conversation with any of them, but I was constantly looking at the bigger picture of whether they were going to be good players for Man United. That was the most important thing. Even with Wayne and Rio, I didn’t get their banter and what it stood for sometimes. Towards the end at United, with the players that were coming through, I didn’t always get them. I thought personality-wise, they’re not for me. I was professional, and they were all very good players, so I was delighted to play with them, but in terms of having banter, a cup of tea or a coffee with them, forget it
2020 06 05 Retrieve
[Former club captain Roy Keane later revealed he advised Ferguson to drop his Rock of Gibraltar case against Magnier, but to no avail] Somebody I met in Ireland had told me to tell him (Ferguson): ‘You are not going to win this.’ I mentioned it to him. And I told him that I didn’t think it was good for the club, for the manager in a legal dispute with shareholders. I felt I was entitled to say that. He was just a mascot for them. Walking around with this Rock of Gibraltar – ‘Look at me, how big I am,’ – and he didn’t even own the bloody thing!
2020 06 19 Retrieve
[Keane ‘sick to death’ of De Gea after Man Utd goalkeeper concedes against Spurs] I’m shocked at that goal. I’ve watched a lot of football over the years, but to give away that goal, I’m fuming here watching this game of football. I am sick to death of this goalkeeper. I would be fighting him at half time. There’s no getting away from it, I would be swinging punches. It’s a standard save for an established international goalkeeper. I am flabbergasted. I can’t believe Shaw is heading the ball up in the air and running forward. I’m staggered at Maguire, that an international player, you can’t get done like this.
If I were Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer, I would] make some stages, get some lads off the pitch. Players are going through the motions a little bit. Not that United have been bad, but you’ve got to flex your muscles and impose your personality on the game. Spurs have done OK, they have been compact, but United?
Maguire and De Gea, I wouldn’t even let them on the bus after the match. Let them get a taxi back up to Manchester. These are international players, we can analyse the game until to the cows come home. You do your job, we’re trying to get onto the top four, God forbid about winning trophies. I’m disgusted. Maguire, De Dea, hang your heads in shame. You’re playing for Manchester United and you’re letting players run past you? Get close to people, move your feet. De Gea. The most over-rated goalkeeper I’ve seen in a long, long time.
2020 06 21 Retrieve
[Roy Keane has taken aim at Republic of Ireland assistant manager Keith Andrews, stating that the former WBA and Blackburn midfielder is a bullshtter]</b> If I can make one point about new Irish staff. I’ve heard a lot of bullshtters over the last 10 years and Keith Andrews is up there with the best of them. Sometimes I was too hard. Sometimes I was too soft. If I was critical, looking back on my own career and how I dealt with people, even in management – and people mightn’t believe this – but I reckon that sometimes I was too nice to people. People stabbed me right in my chest, it wasn’t in my back. Because I was too nice to them
[Keane was known as a hard man who took no prisoners during his time with Nottingham Forest, Manchester United and Celtic, and he has no problems with that] That was who I was. Even pre-season, any game I ever took it easy in, I guarantee you I was the worst player on the park. I couldn’t do it. I just couldn’t do it. It just wasn’t in my make-up … I had to be full pelt. If I lightened up too much in football, I would never have got to England. And if I did, I wouldn’t have lasted two minutes
2020 06 21b Retrieve
[Ex-Manchester United captain Keane says he was ‘too nice’ in his career] Sometimes I was too hard. Sometimes I was too soft. If I was critical, looking back on my own career and how I dealt with people, even in management – and people mightn’t believe this – but I reckon that sometimes I was too nice to people. People stabbed me right in my chest, it wasn’t in my back. Because I was too nice to them
That was who I was. Even pre-season, any game I ever took it easy in, I guarantee you I was the worst player on the park. I couldn’t do it. I just couldn’t do it. It just wasn’t in my make-up. I had to be full pelt. If I lightened up too much in football, I would never have got to England. If I did, I wouldn’t have lasted two minutes
2020 06 28 Retrieve
[Man Utd still at least a ‘year or two’ away from competing with Liverpool & Man City] They’re a few players off yet. They have obviously strengthened but the league table doesn’t lie. Look at their points total. I know people say they’ve had one or two decent results - against Man City and Liverpool - but it’s all about the points. So, no, I don’t see United competing in the next year or two for the league. I think there’s going to be improvement and they will close the gap, but there is a bit of work to be done for Ole and the players. They’re missing something. They haven’t been consistent enough
People have analysed it and said United’s strength at the moment is on the counter-attack. But the problem has been when they had a lot of possession; breaking teams down. With one or two players coming back, United will certainly be pushing to get that fourth position but trying to get fourth and winning the league is a big leap. They need one or two players. I think United are short at the back
2020 06 29 Retrieve
[Roy Keane says Paul Pogba ‘can get Manchester United competing for titles’ if he adds consistency to his game] Obviously Pogba has had his critics because he is so talented. If you are not performing week in, week out people are going to get on your back. I always say there is a compliment in that. People know he’s an outstanding talent but for some reason, it hasn’t gelled. He obviously had the injury problem this season. Just because a player is having a difficult time doesn’t mean they aren’t giving their all. Sometimes a player might be carrying a few knocks. Players lose a little bit of confidence
Everyone is quick to criticise Pogba for his off-the-field stuff, but let me tell you if Pogba was winning week in and week out for United people would tolerate his off-the-field activity, his social media activity. The key for Pogba, if he wants to become a really important player for Man United, is consistency. It’s no good turning up every two or three weeks and producing your piece of magic. I think he is more than capable of doing it, he has done it before. But do it week in and week out and get Man United competing for titles. I have a lot of time for him. I think he’s a talented boy
2020 07 03 Retrieve
[Roy Keane was asked for his reaction to Klopp’s interview - and he felt the Liverpool boss’ frustration stemmed from his team’s performance rather than the questioning] The reason Liverpool are champions and why they’ll be competing for the next few years is because of that interview. I love to see that
He’s fuming. It was nothing to do with the questions he was being asked, he was fuming because his team got beaten. He’s going to defend his team but no top manager likes to get beaten 4-0. The effort was there, their attitude was fine. But it was human nature they were going to slack off
It’s human nature, you’re going to be slacking off. I was fortunate enough to play in some teams that won the league with a few games to go and you do switch off. You end up in the pub for a week or two and you try and get back into the swing of things
2020 07 09 Retrieve
[Bournemouth’s hopes of avoiding relegation remain in the balance after Callum Wilson’s last-gasp strike was ruled out by VAR for handball in their 0-0 draw with Tottenham] Anywhere else on the pitch it’s a foul. If you look, King’s caught wrong side. It’s a typical striker not concentrating properly and if you look at Kane it’s a lovely bit of movement. It’s dropping onto his head. It’s not even as if he has to reach it. I can see why Mourinho’s disappointed. There are certain decisions, when you’ve played the game, you don’t need to look at 20 times. To me, there’s no doubt, it’s a penalty. I’m amazed by the decision
2020 07 10 Retrieve
[Bruno Fernandes won a penalty despite looking like he committed the foul] I don’t think it’s a penalty but I can see why the referee gave it. It’s harsh but sometimes you have to be punished for being clumsy - it was a clumsy challenge. It’s clever play from Fernandes