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Man Utd hero Roy Keane rants against “overrated” David De Gea

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“Maguire! And De Gea! I wouldn’t even let them on the bus after the match.”

Manchester United hero Roy Keane was fuming with his former side after 45 minutes of their Premier League restart on Friday.

The Red Devils trailed Spurs 1-0 at the break thanks to Steven Bergwijn roasting a slow Harry Maguire before seeing his hard shot go off David De Gea and into the goal (see video above).

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Keane said in his playing days he would’ve been fighting the “overrated” De Gea at halftime.

The diatribe drew laughs from fellow United alum Patrice Evra, who defended De Gea’s resume and said Keane’s suggestion that the Spaniard could’ve caught Bergwijn’s shot was a bit much.

United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, in the end, politely had his keeper’s back despite the thoughts of his good pal Roy.

 

WATCH: Robbie Mustoe’s All-Time Premier League defensive midfielders

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Selecting the five best defensive midfielders in the Premier League era is a massive challenge.

Few are better-suited for the gig than our own Robbie Mustoe.

Known now as one-half of The 2 Robbies, Mustoe put together a career with more than 200 Premier League appearances in the center of the park.

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Mustoe spent the lion’s share of his career with Middlesbrough, where he scored 12 top-flight goals. He also spent time with Charlton Athletic, Oxford United, and Sheffield Wednesday.

The five men he selected all played in this century, two remain active, and each has claimed at least one Premier League title.

See the video at the top of the page to learn their identities, and head here to watch Kyle Martino detail his top five entertainers of the Premier League era.

What we love about Manchester United

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This week at ProSoccerTalk we will be detailing what we love about each Premier League club competing in the 2019-20 season and next up is Manchester United.

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Each day we will release details on why who adore each team in particular as we remind ourselves just how awesome the PL is as we await its return following the suspension due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Today we head to Old Trafford.


Glory (Glory, Man United): Whether you love or hate them, the stadium song is now dancing through your mind. One, if not the best most recognizable and supported clubs in the world, United has done a ton of winning. No one has as many English top-flight titles than United’s 20. They’ve won a European treble, a continental treble, three UEFA Champions League crowns, two European doubles, and three other doubles for good measure. Winners of a combined 17 FA and League Cups, the Red Devils are two-plus seasons removed from their last silverware run (Europa League and FA Cup, 2016/17). History says one is coming soon.

Pick your favorite legend: The list of players to shine at Old Trafford is deep, and it’s difficult to pick a favorite in order to wax poetic. Is it the supreme vision and global star power of David Beckham? The unheralded-so-much-he’s-over-heralded Paul Scholes? How about the eye-popping 927 first team appearances from Ryan Giggs or combustible goal-collector Wayne Rooney.

We choose Roy Keane, perhaps because we’re worried what would happen if it got back to him that we didn’t. A PFA Team of the Century member, the Irish midfielder was capable of crunching tackles but was also very good with the ball. Plus he jumpstarted the big beard trend when he coached at Aston Villa.

And again: He’s terrifying.

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Sir Alex Ferguson: The legendary boss’ shadow (and actual physical presence) looms over every boss who walks through the doors of Old Trafford. The 78-year-old Scottish boss spent 1986-2013 as Red Devils boss, winning 13 Premier League titles and two Champions Leagues. He claimed four divisional crowns between St. Mirren and Aberdeen before moving to United, and he adores the sport. Witness:

The Academy record: Manchester United has boasted an academy graduate in its 18-man matchday squad for more than 4,000-consecutive senior matches. From Bobby Charlton to George Best, Paul Scholes to Paul Pogba, the club’s youth has delivered products for its first team in reliable fashion.

“Giving young players a chance is a tradition that we are very proud of; It’s part of our DNA and you learn that very quickly when you join the club,” said current United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

It’s something to be respected. Only one of the fellas pictured below didn’t come up through the United academy.

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Roy Keane joins Sky Sports as a pundit

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Grab your popcorn. Roy Keane is back as a regular Premier League pundit.

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The legendary Manchester United midfielder, who won seven PL titles with the Red Devils, has been announced as Sky Sports’ latest new pundit, joining Jose Mourinho, Gary Neville, Graeme Souness and Jamie Carragher among others.

In a statement released on Saturday, our partners as Sky say Keane will be with them ‘throughout the season’ and his first game in the studio will be at Stamford Bridge for Chelsea v. Liverpool this Sunday (Watch live, 11:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).

“I’ve worked with Sky Sports quite a few times over the years and it’s always been an experience I’ve enjoyed, so this makes absolute sense,” Keane said. “While I’m not coaching I still want to be involved in the game and in some ways, this is the next best thing.

“It’s a game of opinions, I’ve never shied away from giving mine and that’s only going to continue this season. Sky Sports has always been famous for the heated debates – I look forward to starting a few more.”

Keane will be appointment viewing, and just like in his playing days, he is never scared to tell it how it is. And then some. He has been working as a pundit for ITV covering England games and international tournaments, while he has also been the assistant coach for the Republic of Ireland, Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest in recent seasons.

After being a head coach at Sunderland and Ipswich Town in the past, he now appears to be focusing more on punditry.

Expect plenty of heated debates between Mourinho and Keane in the Sky Sports studio this season.

Roy Keane departs Nottingham Forest to seek out managerial job

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Former Manchester United captain and current Nottingham Forest assistant manager Roy Keane has departed the club with immediate effect, Forest announced on Sunday.

While the official team release did not give a reason for his departure, The Telegraph reports that Keane is on the hunt for his own managerial position and has decided to activate an opt-out clause in his contract that allows him to leave this summer.

The 47-year-old apparently “spent weeks mulling over the decision” according to the report, and has decided that the time is right for him to seek out his first managerial spot since departing Ipswich Town in 2011. Keane has been Martin O’Neill’s right-hand man since joining his Republic of Ireland staff in 2013 where the two came within a playoff loss to Denmark of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup. He followed O’Neill to Nottingham Forest in March where the two helped lead the club to a ninth-placed finish.

The Telegraph report states the departure from the club was “amicable” and that O’Neill had even apparently hoped Keane would make this decision as he believes the formeer Manchester United midfielder deserves his own job.

“Working with Martin over the last few years has been a magnificent experience, one of my greatest in football both as a player and a coach and one I want to personally thank him for,” Keane said as part of the club release.

Keane has Premier League managerial experience, having led Sunderland to promotion in 2008, but was forced to step down the following campaign with the club sitting 18th in the Premier League table in November and strains with both the players and club ownership putting pressure on his position.