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Fail To Prepare…Prepare To Fail

Whilst some see Roy Keane as a violent, uncontrolled scumbag, he will forever remain as an inspirational, professional, dedicated winner to us.

Keane always had the highest expectations since starting to play the game as a youngster. When he broke in to the Nottingham Forest side, before joining United, he was left amazed by the negative attitude of so many towards the game.

Roy never took anything for granted and his cruciate ligament injury in 1997 emphasised this attitude to him all the more. He came back in the 1998-1999 season prepared to fight and give everything to the team. It is no surprise that we won what we did that year.

Amongst the many controversies of Keane’s career, one that shines out brighter than most is his return from the World Cup in 2002. Following the shambolic running of the Irish national side by Mick McCarthy, following years of poor organisation by the FAI, Keane lost it and went off on one on McCarthy. Roy was fed up with the Irish team being a laughing stock, managing everything in such a slap-dash manner. He believed that the lack of preparation going in to the big tournaments set Eire up to fail every time.

So, in honour of our former great captain, who always stuck to his principles whatever the cost, a new design has been added to, depicting one of his quotes.

And here are some of his other memorable quotes

“A day’s not passed where I haven’t thought, `Can I be even more of an unmitigated tosspot?’. I would like to think I can.”

“Alex Ferguson rang me up, flew me to Manchester, we didn’t discuss contracts, just football and I joined.”

“Away from home our fans are fantastic…but at home they have a few drinks and probably the prawn sandwiches, and they don’t realise what’s going on out on the pitch.”

“I love it when the team scores….the lads are always giving me stick because of it, but I’m just so happy I can’t help it.”

“I’ll never change my game. It isn’t possible. If I did I would be half the player that I am.”

“Patrick Vieira is 6 foot 4, and he starts having a go at Gary Neville, so I said ‘come on have a go at me’. Simple as that. He’s trying to intimidate my players and I’m not having any of it.”

“He (Vieira) was going on and on about the charity work he was doing in Senegal, and I said to him “if you love Senegal so much, why don’t you f***ing play for them?”

“People need to set their standards a bit higher and not live in the past. Whoever said I want to be remembered? Why should I worry about what people think about me in the future? I might be dead tomorrow.”

About Scott

Scott is the editor of Red Matters - 50 Years of Supporting Manchester United and an author of Play Like Fergie's Boys and Not Nineteen Forever. He writes for ESPN, The Metro and Bleacher Report. Follow @R_o_M on Twitter.

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  1. austin says:

    was hoping saf would be thinking of nabbing him from sunderland to groom him! the right sort of man to run our club i think. and it takes a special sort to do it properly!

  2. North Stand,Tier 3,Back Row says:

    The man is a Legend…
    Shame he didnt get a run out on Saturday. I went hoping to see one or two cameo appearances from the likes of him, Sheringham, Yorke, Cole, Beckham or one or two more, and was a bit dissapointed with the match day squad. I know its still a preseason game (and the worst game Ive been at) and we’re giving the young lads a run out with the new season round the corner, but for the day that was in it???
    The best player on the park (apart from Scholes) was Solskjear himself when he came on. If only he could get his knee sorted, he’d be well worth a place in the squad – pure class. To you Mr Solskjear – all the best kid, you too have earned legendary status. Thanks and all the best…

  3. Messiah says:

    Sweet as, I think the Vieira/Senegal quote is fantastic and so true!

  4. Sagar Shah says:

    love this one
    “He (Vieira) was going on and on about the charity work he was doing in Senegal, and I said to him “if you love Senegal so much, why don’t you f***ing play for them?”

    he is blunt and I love his style

  5. Arsene wanker says:

    keano will always be a Man Utd legend.simple as that.

  6. Stephen Colbert says:

    He had a nice one about Kaboul this week too;

    “He won’t be coming to the club, we wish him well. Younes has decided to go elsewhere. It might help if I took him to a casino until 4am. Maybe that might have helped the deal. I haven’t been up until 4am for a long time. I’d have been asleep.”

    Great to see he still has much venom , even as a manager.

  7. Tom F says:

    He (Vieira) was going on and on about the charity work he was doing in Senegal, and I said to him “if you love Senegal so much, why don’t you f***ing play for them?”

    That’s enough for me. Keaney was never going to be bigger than United, but within his era, he was superb. Vocally and on the field.

  8. Sully (South Africa) says:

    Keano, What a guy man… I just loved the way he described Paul Scholes, ” No celebrity bullshit, no self promotion, just an amazingly gifted player who remained an unaffected human-being ” That speaks volumes on behalf of Scholesy! Keano, TRUE LEGEND

  9. JF Kehoe says:

    Tough as nails. A True Legend. Man. U rules.


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