‘He would rather die of exhaustion than lose’ – The best quotes on Roy Keane

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Roy Keane turns 46 today and to celebrate the Manchester United legend we’ve collected some of the best quotes on one of football’s scariest competitors.

Keane enjoyed an illustrious career, winning seven Premier League titles, four FA Cups and a Champions League trophy with United.

Not one to shy away from controversy, the midfielder was involved in a number of high-profile events, including the infamous Saipan incident with Mick McCarthy and his brutal revenge tackle on Alf-Inge Haaland.

Gabriel Heinze also recently revealed how he was once knocked out by his former Manchester United team-mate.

“We lost a game and I went in the dressing room first and Roy Keane was second. I liked to go first after the game; I didn’t want to speak to anyone as we lost,” he told Argentinian TV.

“I didn’t understand English, just the bad words. I heard my name and “f*** off” by Roy Keane, the best player. I knew that was bad so I stood up to him, this idol of Manchester, this great guy who everyone loved, and replied: “F*** off, you”. I don’t remember what happened next.”

We have selected 15 of the best quotes about Keane from players and colleagues who knew the the Red Devils legend best. It is always entertaining when Roy is around…

For more Red Devils content, visit our dedicated Manchester United page, featuring this epic tribute to the King of Old Trafford, Eric Cantona.

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