Roy Keane is a Manchester United Legend. There’s no doubt about that but it’s unlikely that the angriest man in football is going to get a statue or stand named in his honour any time soon.
Keane was, and still is, never afraid to speak his mind and that has put people’s noses out of joint on a number of occasions.
On the pitch Keane was more than happy to leave the boot in and he carried that off the field as well, chopping down players, coaches, fans, journalists and anyone who crossed him with verbal sliding tackles that left those on the receiving end bloody and begging for mercy.
Here are 10 of our favourite Keano Quotes:
“People say ‘go with the flow’ but do you know what goes with the flow? Dead fish.” – Keane’s a shark.
“Aggression is what I do. I go to war. You don’t contest football matches in a reasonable state of mind” – I don’t think anyone has ever accused Keane of being in a reasonable state of mind.
“I got Robbie’s mobile number and rang him. It went to his voicemail: ‘Hi, it’s Robbie – whazzup!’ Like the Budweiser ad. I never called him back. I thought: ‘I can’t be f*cking signing that’.” – The time he almost signed Robbie Savage!
“People say I’m hard, I’m Mr Angry. I’m this, I’m that. I just want to win matches. There’s no point going out there and being Mr Nice Guy. We get 55,000 at Old Trafford and I don’t think they want fellas going out there and thinking: Ah, if we lose, so what?” – How much would United pay for Keano now?
“Over analyse, paralyse, you mustn’t over analyse… Do you wake up at four in the morning and wonder who should be playing left-back? Four? I would love to sleep that long. If you want a really long career you have to find a way of switching off. I do it when I’m out walking my dog, Alex Ferguson got into horses, others get into wine. Some players like going shopping, which is not my scene. A lot of them turn to golf. I tried it, didn’t like it. I have to walk. If I couldn’t I’d be in a padded cell by now.” – Thank God for those walks!
“Some people come to Old Trafford and can’t spell football, let alone understand it. They have a few drinks and a prawn sandwich but don’t realise what’s happening on the pitch.” – The classic.
“Hopefully kids will look at me and see that your dreams can come true.” – Hopefully not their nightmares too.
“There has been lots of things said about me over the years. I am happy to comment on people’s opinion in football I respect, but Tony Cascarino is a man I certainly do not respect, for a lot of reasons, and if I told you, you would be shocked. So the day I worry about Tony Cascarino will be a very sad day of my life.” – Ouch.
“When results aren’t good the manager gets the sack, that’s the game.” – For all his brilliance as a player, this one probably hurts these days.
“The last time I was charged by the FA they had a murder lawyer in against me, so it’s going to be a hard case to win.” – Keane always liked a challenge.