Monday 19 February 2018

Rio Ferdinand leaves Roy Keane out of his Man United dream XI for a current struggler

Rio Ferdinand with Roy Keane in 2003. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
Rio Ferdinand with Roy Keane in 2003. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
Rio Ferdinand
Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson and his former captain Roy Keane
Roy Keane. Photo: David Maher Sportsfile
Gary Neville
Paul Scholes and Cristiano Ronaldo in action for Manchester United
Roy Keane and David Beckham
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Rio Ferdinand has named a Manchester United dream team from the players he played alongside – and there is no place for his first captain Roy Keane.

Ferdinand revealed his United dream eleven with BreatheSports and the omission of Keane sparked plenty of debate among United fans on social media.

Michael Carrick was selected ahead of Keane in Ferdinand’s line-up, with the other central midfield berth going to Paul Scholes in an attack minded side that also features Cristiano Ronaldo, Ryan Giggs.

Ferdinand cheated a little as he opted to name a couple of strike partnerships, with Wayne Rooney and Ruud van Nistelrooy, while Carlos Tevez and Robin van Persie were also in his thoughts.

However, it is the absence of Keane from the team that will surprise many, yet thee comments from Ferdinand in a recent interview with may shed some light on why he was left out.

“I always got on well with him,” Ferdinand told us as we raised the topic of Keane. “I really liked his intensity, but some people don’t like that. Roy didn’t really have any chill, he treated everyone the same and some people didn’t like the way he was.

“If he was intense he was intense. If he was placid, it was because that is the way he felt on that day. I got on great with Roy and when I see him now, we have a good laugh and a joke about the old days at United.

“One of my regrets is probably that I didn’t get to play with him when he was at his absolute best. He set very high standards and if people didn’t live up to those standards, he let them know.

“He was probably in the top few players I played with, but the disappointment for me was that I didn’t get to play with him when he was at his absolute best. In the 1998/99 season and the year after that, he was fantastic.

“By the time I arrived in 2002, he was having a few problems with injuries and probably wasn’t at his best. That’s why one of my big regrets as a player. That I didn’t get to play with Roy Keane at his absolute best.”

Clearly Ferdinand believes the Keane he played with at United was not worthy of a place in his greatest team, but many observers will beg to differ with that assessment.

Here is Ferdinand's team in full:

Edwin van der Sar

Gary Neville

Rio Ferdinand

Nemanja Vidic

Patrice Evra

Paul Scholes

Michael Carrick

Cristiano Ronaldo

Wayne Rooney/Carlos Tevez

Ryan Giggs

Ruud van Nistelrooy/Robin van Persie

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