Testimonial May 9th 2006 v Celtic
Roy Keane succeeded Eric Cantona as club captain at the start of the 1997/98 season, and remains the most successful in the club's history. Under his leadership United won four Premiership titles, the Champions League, and two FA Cups.
He dominated United's midfield and embodied the manager's winning philosophy. Perhaps his greatest game for United was in the Champions League semi-final in Turin in 1999. Almost single handed Keane dragged United back into the game after two early goals had seemingly put Juve in the Final. Ironically Keane missed the final after collecting a booking when he lunged into a tackle to control a short pass from Blomqvist.
His career was peppered with controversial incidents, e.g. his tackle on City's Alf Haaland in 2001 and his departure from the 2002 Irish World Cup squad, but none more so than the incident that saw him leave Old Trafford on November 18th 2005.
Following United's 4-1 defeat at Middlesbrough Keane recorded an interview for MUTV in which he openly criticised many of his team mates. The interview was never aired and after an argument with Sir Alex Ferguson Keane's contract was cancelled by mutual consent. He joined Celtic in December.
After finishing his playing career Keane has had spells as manager at Sunderland and Ipswich Town. In November 2013 he was appointed the Assistant Manager of the Republic of Ireland national team by Martin O'Neill.