Happy Birthday Keano: Top 5 Quotes

The most dividing character in Irish sport turns 42 today, and Roy Keane has never been shy of a controversial opinion. From Saipan to Old Trafford and now to the ITV studio, Keane has been an entertaining soundboard throughout his career.

Happy birthday Roy, here are your top five quotes.

Roy on what he said to Mick McCarthy

“I said to Mick that I didn’t respect him as a player, as a manager or as a person. To be fair, I used the expletive against him as well, I’m no angel, but these things hurt me to be accused in such a way. The language was strong, but that’s always the case in football, it’s not a debating society.”

Roy on Rio Ferdinand

“Just because you are paid £120,000-a-week and play well for 20 minutes against Tottenham, you think you are a superstar.”

Roy on the prawn sandwich brigade

“Away from home our fans are fantastic, I’d call them the hardcore fans. But at home they have a few drinks and probably the prawn sandwiches, and they don’t realise what’s going on out on the pitch. I don’t think some of the people who come to Old Trafford can spell ‘football’, never mind understand it.”

Roy during his infamous MUTV rant

“There is a shortage of characters in this team. It seems to be in this club that you have to play badly to be rewarded. Maybe that is what I should do when I come back. Play badly.”

Roy on Ireland’s preparation for a match against Holland in 2002

“We’re playing fucking Holland tomorrow in a World Cup qualifier. Do you think Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is eating fucking cheese sandwiches or a takaway fucking pizza tonight?”

For good measure, Roy on the Thierry Henry handball

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