Roy Keane's noteworthy career in quotes
Roy Keane is currently the assistant manager of the Republic of Ireland and also appears on television shows as a football pundit. Now famous for his brutally honest comments on players and managers, Keane was once a formidable midfielder who led United to many triumphs.
He started his career at the semi-professional Irish club Cobh Ramblers before making a move to Nottingham Forest where he began attracting the attention of big premier league clubs. In 1993 he signed for Manchester United and enjoyed a lot of success in his twelve years at the club.
The following slides have 5 quotes reflecting Keane's career and personality:
Paul Ince describing him as a partner and team player
“He was inspirational, he was a leader, he could score you vital goals, he could tackle when he had to, he could be naughty when he wanted to. Playing alongside him for three or four years at United as much as I did probably improve his game a bit and he improved my game a lot.”
Ince signed for United in 1989 and had already been at the club for four years when Keane arrived and had established a formidable partnership with Bryan Robson in midfield. Their partnership helped the Red Devils secure their first title, since 1967, in 1993, and it was dubious whether the new man would get a guaranteed place in the squad.
However, Robson's injuries paved the way for Keane into the squad. The then 22-year-old Keane proved to be a perfect replacement for club Legend Robson, showing his will to give his best on the pitch and fight for the team.
Keane and Ince controlled the midfield for the next three seasons and successfully defended their league title in the 1993-94 season and also added the FA cup to their triumph.
Ince was Keane's partner in crime and perhaps the best man to describe the Irishman's overall game and demeanour. A testament to their partnership and abilities as individuals was given by Xavi who in an interview said:
"I liked the Paul Ince and Roy Keane partnership Manchester United had. They would have been my team had I moved to England."