Bryan Robson has claimed that he backed Sir Alex Ferguson‘s bid for Manchester United legend Roy Keane despite what some fans thought was otherwise.
The Irishman joined the club and went on to have a hugely successful career but it might not have happened if it weren’t for the Englishman’s intrusion.
Sir Alex has always been known for seeking out opinions before making a decision and Robson claims it might’ve been his that tipped the Scotsman over the edge.
Keane’s time at United might’ve ended poorly but there’s no doubting his contribution to the club as well as how important he was to the team.
Ferguson himself still talks about the former midfielder highly and it’s perhaps no surprise to see that he turned to others before completing the signing.
According to Balls, Bryan said: “In my last year at United, the boss said, that because I wanted to become a manager – and because I always got in really early – I could go up and sit in the trainers’ room and have a cup of tea and coffee and chat with them.
“This morning – pre-season – they were chatting about Keaney. He [Alex Ferguson] was telling them what the price was going to be and he was asking their opinion, whether they should go for it or not.
“I just joined in with the conversation and I went, ‘Look it, gaffer, I’ve played against him quite a few times and I’d definitely pay that price for him’.
“I think the boss had already made his mind up at the time that he was going to sign him but it was just a matter of getting back up from his staff.”
The Red Devils could certainly do with a leader like Roy in their current squad considering their lack of options at the moment.
Michael Carrick has been made the club’s official captain but not only is he not a particularly vocal one, he’s also been missing for large parts of the season due to his injury.
Perhaps in time the Frenchman will become a key figure and leader for Manchester United but at the moment that hasn’t been the case.
The club’s players have been criticised occasionally for their lack of character or fight in matches and things surely would’ve been different if Roy Keane was on the pitch.