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Roy Keane

Published 29/04/2015 | 00:00

Roy Keane
Roy Keane

Held to a 1-1 draw at home, Manchester United find themselves 2-0 down after 10 minutes of the second leg of their 1999 Champions League semi-final against Juventus. Who you gonna call? The soaring 24th minute header which put United back into that tie and set them on the way to European glory was the perfect illustration of Roy Keane's ability to take the most unpromising situations and remake them by sheer force of will.

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No player seemed so aware of the abyss which lay below the surface glamour, of the world of the dole and daytime TV and dreams deferred from which he had escaped. It took the genius of Brian Clough to see what he had to offer and Keane became a lot like his first guru, driven, inspired, controversial, unpredictable, cranky, inspirational to those around him and, above all, as unique and inimitable a player as Clough had been a manager.

Sunday Independent

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