Man Utd legend Keane names the best player he played with

Date published: Tuesday 8th June 2021 3:18 - Joe Williams

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Man Utd legend Roy Keane has named Paul Scholes as the best player he played with in his career.

Keane won seven Premier League titles, four FA Cups and a Champions League during his 12 years working under Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford.

As well as his spell at Man Utd, Keane played forΒ Cobh Ramblers, Nottingham Forest, Celtic and the Republic of Ireland national team.


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His time at Old Trafford saw him play alongside some of the best players the Premier League has ever seen, including Ryan Giggs, Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney and Peter Schmeichel.

But, speaking to Micah Richards on Sky Bet’s Micah and Roy’s Road to Wembley,Β Keane picked out Scholes, who he played alongside in the Man Utd engine room for most of his career, as the best player he played alongside.

When asked who the best player he played with was, Keane said: “If I had to pick one because I played in midfield with him…Scholesy maybe. Paul Ince was a really good player and obviously I played with Paul McGrath with Ireland.”

Richards then asked him what it was like playing against Zinedine Zidane, to which Keane replied: “Oh it was tough, Micah.”

The ex-Man City man interjected: “Was he your toughest opponent?”

Keane added: “Yeah. Do you know why honestly? People still to this day don’t realise how big he was. When I played against him, you know I’m quite a small guy, I’m what 5’10?

“I’m really slight. People maybe think I look bigger on the pitch. The best thing when I used to play against Zidane, obviously at club level, I played against him for Ireland. The advice I would get from my friends in Ireland would be, the technical advice they would give me: ‘just kick him’.

“That was the technical advice. Just kick him. And I used to say ‘he’s 6’2, you know, he can deal with that’. And I think he’d been sent off eight or nine times. What he was, what I loved about Zidane, he was nasty.”

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