Whether you love him or loathe him, football fans cannot deny that Roy Keane is one of football’s hardmen. However, his recent social media exploits may have dampened his image.
Known for his no-nonsense style, Keane was instrumental in Man United’s success in the late 1990s and early 2000s. During his stay at the Old Trafford club, the Ireland international won seven Premier League titles, four FA Cups, and a Champions League.
Most memorably, the Champions League triumph came during United’s 1998/99 treble-winning season. Sadly, Keane did not play in the final through suspension. He picked up a yellow card during the semi-final second leg against Juventus.
Despite this, fans remember the Irishman’s performance in that semi-final as one of the best in recent memory. Keane put in a superhuman performance against Juve, scoring a goal and inspiring Man United to victory in Turin.
As a result of his midfield enforcement, referees were certainly kept busy. Keane received 98 yellow cards and 10 red cards during his career. Furthermore, his brutal style translated into a brilliantly blunt personality. He took this with him onto our TV screens.
Keane’s brutal punditry
Just this season, players have felt the wrath of Roy Keane. For example, Harry Maguire came under fire from the Irishman following his celebration against Albania. The Irishman branded Maguire’s knee-slide celebration as “embarrassing” and called the Manchester United player a “disgrace”.
Keane also has a rather humorous issue with the trends of modern football. Fans may remember when Keane blasted his former club after the Manchester United squad warmed up in “silly hats” for an encounter with Liverpool.
Roy Keane entertains Instagram
The former Man United captain posted to Instagram with a typically blunt caption: “My PR team told me I needed to create content today. Enjoy.”
His post contained a picture of Keane on a hike with his dogs, sporting a rare grin. In addition, hidden behind the image is a hilarious clip.
The video shows Keane clambering onto a rope swing. After awkwardly hooking his foot in, the Irishman brilliantly starts gently swaying, stuck in limbo between the water and the hard ground beneath.
This rare, light-hearted showing from the Man United legend left fans and fellow players in stitches.
Alongside classic Roy Keane punditry comments, such as “Ah jeez, really?” and “it’s his job”, footballing legends shared their laughter at the clip.
Fellow pundit and Arsenal legend Ian Wright expressed his laughter, putting many laughing emojis in the comment section. Keane’s former teammate David Beckham seconded this reaction, also adding some emojis.
Hopefully, Wrighty doesn’t have to look over his shoulder nervously the next time he is around the Irishman as a result.
Featured image credit: Instagram/@wrightyofficial