Former Manchester United captain Keane has named his dream-team from the galaxy of former stars he played alongside at Old Trafford -- and there is no place in the line-up for 13-time Premier League winner Ryan Giggs.
Keane’s appearance in an ITV documentary alongside his former nemesis and Arsenal captain Patrick Viera has produced a clutch of high profile stories in the last couple of days, yet United fans will be surprised by the omission of Giggs from his all-time line-up.
Insisting he could not ignore the merits of Cristiano Ronaldo to win a place in his team, he offered some polite compliments to Giggs without handing him the honour of being among his all-time XI.
“Having a great career doesn’t mean you are a great player. There’s a big difference,” states the always outspoken Keane. “I’m not saying Giggsy wasn’t [great], but do I leave out Ronaldo, one of the world’s great players? Do I leave Becks [David Beckham] out?”
Keane has always been a huge admirer of Beckham’s talents and attitude and it is no surprise to see his name included, yet the presence of former England full-back Paul Parker may come as something of a surprise.
His former room-mate and fellow Irishman Denis Irwin makes the cut, as does Old Trafford folk hero Eric Cantona and Dutch striker Ruud van Nistelrooy.
Roy Keane’s United dream team:
Peter Schmeichel, Paul Parker, Jaap Stam, Gary Pallister, Denis Irwin, Cristiano Ronaldo, Paul Scholes, Roy Keane, David Beckham, Eric Cantona, Ruud van Nistelrooy