Gary Neville has named former teammate Roy Keane as the greatest Premier League captain of all time.
The former England and Manchester United right-back responded to a tweet which was posted by Sky Sports and declared the Irishman as the greatest ever captain.
Roy Keane. https://t.co/wNLUSDUCM8
— Gary Neville (@GNev2) July 25, 2021
Both players were important members of Sir Alex Ferguson’s side throughout his 12 years in charge.
After Eric Cantona’s surprising retirement in 1997, Keane joined Manchester United for £3.75 million, a British transfer record at the time, and took over as club captain.
He won seven Premier Leagues, four FA Cups, and one Champions League during his time with the Red Devils.
In the Champions League semi-final against Juventus in 1999, he had one of his most memorable performances in a Manchester United shirt.
Despite earning a yellow card, which meant he would miss the final, he was instrumental in United’s historic treble-winning comeback.
The Irishman’s performances domestically meant that this year he wasinducted into the Premier League Hall of Famedue to his seven titles and his “stunning goals, great assists and big tackles”.
Since this announcement, former players have lauded the former midfielder’s career, Dion Dublin said: “There’s nothing he wouldn’t do on a football field, so he expects everyone to do the same.”
Former Manchester midfield partner Paul Ince added: “Keane had everything you’d want in a midfield player.”
Whilst Keane’s ability as a footballer has been widely praised, he has equally been singled out for his huge leadership skills on and off the pitch.
When his former club teammate Tim Howard was asked about this other side of his game after his Hall of Fame induction, he said: “He’s the scariest individual I’ve probably ever been around, but the greatest leader I’ve ever seen in sports.”
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