Roy Keane would rip into Man Utd team-mates for giving ball away in training

Manchester United wouldn't have been anywhere near as successful at the start of the Premier League era if it wasn't for the standard setting of Roy Keane both in training and in matches.

The Red Devils won seven league titles and four FA Cup trophies between 1993 and 2005, as well as the Champions League triumph in 1999 that completed a memorable treble.

While Sir Alex Ferguson rightly receives the bulk of the plaudits for glory era at Old Trafford, the influence of captain Keane was a crucial ingredient in their relentless pursuit of glory.

Jonathan Greening, who made a total of 27 appearances for United between 1998 and 2001, has now discussed how Keane would behave away from the cameras in training.

Greening, speaking exclusively to Ladbrokes at its launch of the 5-A-Side Bet on Man United v Man City, said: "In terms of setting standards, the best trainer I played with at Manchester United has got to be Roy Keane.

"He demanded the highest, highest quality in every training session, so that's not giving the ball away in rondos, not giving the ball away in possession.

"Without Roy Keane in that squad, Manchester United don't win as many trophies as they did.

"He demanded excellence in every session. You could not give the ball away in training with him; if I gave it away, he would absolutely rip into me. You had to be on your A game in every single session."

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Keane was not one to accept anything other than maximum effort from his team-mates as he tried to bring more silverware to the club, something he echos in his punditry role.

The former Republic of Ireland international has vocally criticised the likes of Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka in recent weeks, having also detailed his desire to get back into management.

After a fine start to life at Sunderland during which he led them back into the Premier League, he left the club in 2008 before a tricky spell with Ipswich Town which ended in 2011.

Speaking on The Overlap with Gary Neville, he said: “When I went into management, Sunderland were second-bottom of the Championship.

“Sunderland was a great club for me. I could have done better at Ipswich, but there were plusses at Ipswich.

“I think there’s something in there where I could be a good manager. That’s what’s kinda pulling at me to go back in.”

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