There was no room for the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo or Wayne Rooney in a list of world-class teammates Roy Keane has played with.
Roy Keane gave the low down of his time at Manchester United when he was interviewed by Sky Sports pundit and former rival Jamie Carragher.
He spent 13 years with the Red Devils. During that time he won winning seven league titles, a Champions League, four FA Cups, an Intercontinental Cup, and four Community Shields.
Not only did Keane win a lot of silverware, but he also played with some great players.
Wayne Rooney, David Beckham, and Cristiano Ronaldo to name but a few.
However, when he was asked about the world-class players he had as teammates, he only named five. Funnily enough, Rooney, Beckham, and Ronaldo aren’t in that five.
“I always class the world-class players as lads who were doing it for nine, 10, 11 [years].”
“If I look back now, you’d have to class Giggsy.”
“Obviously Giggsy’s done it for a lot longer. To me, that’s the key to being a really good player: you’ve got to be consistent.”
He then adds, Mark Hughes, Eric Cantona, and Paul Scholes all of whom he simply describes as “brilliant!”
His final selection was probably the biggest shock of all in terms of world-class.
A player that really flew under the radar until you really think about him.
For those of us who witnessed this player, he was always in the team and never subbed out, he took no prisoners in a challenge, and scored some absolutely blinding goals.
After all that it’s easy to see why he picks him.
“My god, imagine if Denis Irwin was playing now.”
“He could play left-back, right-back, get you a goal, knew how to defend, never injured, a brilliant guy in the dressing room.”
“Denis would be world-class to me – and he’s a Corkman!”