When discussing Manchester United’s top players from the Premier League era, it is impossible not to mention Roy Keane, who acted as a talismanic figure for the club.
During his highly prosperous 12-year tenure at Old Trafford, the Irishman consistently set a high standard for his teammates to follow and, as a result, raised the level of play for everyone around him.
Keane was known for demanding maximum effort from his colleagues, both during matches and training sessions, and new recruits were aware that they needed to earn the captain’s respect in order to thrive at the club.
There is no overstating the significance of Roy Keane’s role in Manchester United’s success throughout the 1990s and early 2000s.
Without his commanding presence in midfield, it is fair to say that the club would not have achieved as much silverware as it did during that time.
Although Sir Alex Ferguson had a plethora of talented footballers at his disposal, none were as vital or influential as Keane in driving the team forward.
Who did Roy Keane select in his best Man Utd XI?
In 2022, Roy Keane, now a Sky Sports pundit following his foray into management, featured on Monday Night Football (MNF) and unveiled his selection for the best Manchester United XI of the Premier League era.
However, his choices generated some controversy, as he notably excluded Paul Scholes, who is widely considered to be among the greatest players in the league’s history.
Furthermore, Keane did not name Sir Alex Ferguson, with whom he had a falling out in 2005, as the manager of the team.
Let’s take a look at who he selected:
Goalkeeper: Peter Schmeichel
“He was very good. Not as good as everyone thought, but he was very, very good. I obviously have good memories of him. He was a good character in the dressing room. Me and Peter weren’t best of mates – actually far from it – but the most important thing is that I had huge respect for him and he produced in big moments and helped us get over the line in big matches. Peter would produce and help us win trophies. He was not getting called upon a lot but when he did he would produce. He made some excellent saves.”