Tuesday 17 January 2017

Former Manchester United striker reveals what it's like to be at the end of a Roy Keane death stare

Published 10/11/2016 | 09:18

Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane during a press conference at the FAI National Training Centre in the National Sports Campus
Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane during a press conference at the FAI National Training Centre in the National Sports Campus
Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane speaking at Abbotstown Photo: David Maher/Sportsfile

When you are at the end of a Roy Keane death stare, you make sure that's the last time you find yourself in that situation.

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And that's exactly what former Manchester United striker Daniel Webber did when he got the daggers from the Irishman during a pre-season friendly.

Webber, who began his Manchester United career as a trainee in 1998 but failed to nail down a regular first-team place, was speaking on BBC 5ive Live this morning and revealed a vintage story about Keane and the famous death stare.

"As a young lad coming into the first team you kind of hope that people will welcome you softly," he said on BBC 5ive Live.

"Roy to be fair to him treated everyone the same and he was always fair. I've got a lot of time for him, a lot of respect for him. But when he came in and trained with the first team, he was very much: if you misplaced a pass you would get the death stare.

"He demanded standards but he was the same across the board. We had a pre-season game against Shrewsbury and I remember I had run through clean on goal.

"We were about five up or something like that, so I'm through on goal and I look to my left. Do I square it to Roy Keane or do I not? I chose no. I'm a striker, I'm going to shoot. I hit the side netting.

"He gave me a stare and I thought 'I don't want to go in the same dressing room as him. We went in afterwards and he tore a strip off me."

To make matters even worse, Webber added that the Corkman was unmarked and "chances are he would have slotted it home".

But the following year, Webber got the chance to redeem himself and he duly did.

"But then, as fate would have it, the following year we're at York in a pre-season game, I run through clear on goal..I look to the left...who's there again?..It's him.

"I'm thinking 'what should I do?'. This time I square it and he did score. He remembered from the year earlier as well."

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