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Keane insists his job was to make sure Manchester United won league titles, not to score goals

Roy Keane has refuted suggestions he should have scored more goals for Manchester United, insisting his job was to make sure the club won league titles.

The Irishman is regarded as one of the club’s greatest ever players after a decorated 12-and-a-half year career at Old Trafford, winning seven Premier League titles amongst a wealth of major honours and leaving as the most successful captain in the club’s history.

Keane made 480 appearances for the Red Devils following his British transfer-record move from Nottingham Forest in 1993, though he scored just 51 goals in all competitions throughout that time.

However, the former Manchester United skipper insists that scoring goals was not his role in Sir Alex Ferguson’s all-conquering teams, saying his focus was on dictating play and ensuring league titles and silverware headed to Manchester.

Speaking on Sky Sports MNF Retro, Keane strongly denied the suggestion that he should have scored more goals: “No, absolutely not. It wasn’t my job. My job was to make sure we didn’t lose games and won league titles.

“I scored plenty early in my career, so I thought, ‘I’ve done that bit of the game, I’ll focus on sitting in front of the back four and dictating the game’.

“I scored plenty in training but [come match day] I left that to the strikers and people like Scholes, Giggs and Beckham, who were keen to get forward.”

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