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Manchester United legend Roy Keane has revealed that he feels "nothing" when driving past Old Trafford despite his illustrious history with the club.
The former Red Devil made 480 appearances for United during his 12-year stay in Manchester after joining from Nottingham Forest in 1993.
Within his glittering Old Trafford career, the Irishman won seven Premier League titles, four FA Cups and one Champions League on his way to securing legendary status at the club.
Keane's aggressive approach and commanding leadership also saw him appointed as club captain by manager Sir Alex Ferguson in 1997, a role he held until his departure in 2005.
The midfielder turned pundit, who is widely regarded as one of football's hard men, ended his United career on a sour note after agreeing to depart the club following a number of high-profile clashes with the iconic Ferguson.
Despite his success and affinity with the club, the passionate Keane has now revealed he feels no emotion when passing the Theatre of Dreams, his old stomping ground where so many of his footballing memories were made.
When occasionally driving past Old Trafford nowadays, the 50-year-old told the Times: "I feel nothing. It could be any stadium in the country."
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Keane emphasised that for him, the people who he shared the dressing room with carried more significance than that of the football venue, adding that he imagines it would be the same if he lived in Nottingham and happened to drive past the City Ground, home to his former side Forest.
After failed stints in the dugouts as manager of Sunderland and Ipswich Town, in addition to spending time as an assistant at Aston Villa, Forest and with the Republic of Ireland national team, Keane has developed a reputation as one of TV's most popular and honest pundits.
Famed for his explosive rants and dead-pan reactions, Keane also revealed that while punditry is a passion, it's another aspect of his life, much like Old Trafford, with which he holds little emotional attachment.
“What helps me when I’m doing a little bit of TV work is that I’m quite relaxed about it. If ITV and Sky rang me tomorrow, and said ‘Roy, you’re deal’s up in the summer,’ which it is, ‘it’s been great but we’re going in a new direction,’ I don’t think I’d lose a f***ing wink’s sleep," Keane added.
“I don’t want to do the punditry thinking, ‘I need to come across well here.’ It is passion for me. I see lads on TV and they’re so polished, I’m thinking have they had media training? I’m not knocking them, they will probably be in the media for the next 20 years but I don’t want to be polished.”
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