Roy Keane has revealed that his attitude of determination whilst at Manchester United ensured that he couldn’t relax and was never happy in his time at Old Trafford. The former United captain was speaking alongside former teammate Gary Nevill on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football retro version in the process of analyzing an old game.
They were speaking about United’s 6:1 rout of Arsenal in the 2000/01 season and began by explaining how the victory told Sir Alex Ferguson’s squad that they would emerge as title winners that season.
However, Keane replied by noting his mentality which was never to take the foot off even if the title was won: “Believe it or not, I’m going to disagree with Gary,” Keane said.
“I didn’t fall for that at all, throughout my career I never thought that anything was easy. We made it look easy at the end, but that was because we worked really hard.
“Even when you were 10 or 13 points clear and people say it felt like the league was won, I never felt that way, it wasn’t in my make-up.
“I wish I was a bit relaxed when we were so far clear, but I felt I couldn’t relax. I couldn’t think that way, that was my mindset and I was never happy really.”
Ferguson obviously chose Keane as captain for such a long spell because of his attitude, with the Irishman winning seven Premier League titles, four FA Cups, and the Champions League in his time as a Red Devil.
However, Keane left Man United in 2005 after a public spat with Alex Ferguson and has been a manager at Sunderland and Ipswich respectively before recently being a pundit alongside Neville for Sky.