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Roy Keane

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Signed from Nottingham Forest in 1993 for £3.75 million to add some steel to Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United midfield. The Irishman did much more than that quickly taking over the captaincy and driving the club onto their most successful period to date. His domineering presence in the centre of the park scared most teams into submission as United ran riot in the nineties. Keane won seven Premier League trophies which made up over half of the 13 pieces of silver wear he collected during his 12-years at Old Trafford making 480 appearances and 51 goals. Two moments stand out during Keane’s United career with the gallant display in the 1999 Champions League semi final one of them. Ruled out of the final after receiving a yellow card he put in a gallant captains performance dripping with inspiration and led United to the final. Unfortunately he had his darker moments and the pre-planned revenge attack on Alf Inge Haaland in the Manchester derby in 2001 sent fans estimations of him plummeting. Still there is no other midfielder or leader like him on the pitch today.

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