Manchester United legend Roy Keane has revealed that his mum "hates" his beard and that he only keeps it through sheer laziness.
Keane's face was as smooth as a baby's bottom during his playing days, but that has all changed in recent years. A couple of years ago, the Irishman began sporting black and grey bushy facial hair, a look now synonymous with the 51-year-old.
The former United captain's beard is currently looking as resplendent as ever, and it was the subject of intense questioning during an appearance by Keane on the 90min Football YouTube channel. Asked about his beard, the Sky Sports pundit replied: "It's just laziness, honestly."
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Before adding: "When I do have a shave, within a day or two there's stubble and then you're in no-man's land." He continued by saying how some people don't like his beard, including his own mum.
"A lot of people don't like it," he said. "My mother hates it and a lot of people really mention it to me when I'm out walking by myself, so that's why I keep it."
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Keane – and his beard – will likely be back in the Sky Sports studio on Sunday as his old side take on Arsenal at Old Trafford. The Red Devils are beginning to find their feet under new manager Erik ten Hag and could make it four wins in a row against the Gunners.
Ten Hag was asked on Friday whether there would be a place for Casemiro in his starting XI after he impressed off the bench against Leicester on Thursday night.
He said: "No, it is an option but also, I have to think, I have seen Arsenal, a tough opponent, they have started really well as we all know in the season and you can see there is a team who are [a] long [time] together, with a coach who brings his philosophy in the team.
"So, this is a good test and I’m really looking forward [to it]. We will pick the right XI to start but as you see, it’s not only a team, we have a squad and also, today, the subs who came on did really well so I’m happy with that.
"That is what we have to construct further."
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