Roy Keane has explained exactly how he would've treated the two Manchester United stars he had criticised the most if he had got the Old Trafford job after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The former Sunderland and Ipswich boss was linked to the role by fellow Sky Sports pundit Micah Richards, who joked that his colleague would fall out with the players.
Keane, who captained the club in their glory days under Sir Alex Ferguson, has since hit back at the laughter, and questioned why it would be assumed that he would fall out with their stars.
With Ralf Rangnick since getting the job until at least the end of the season, Keane confronted Richards over his on-air joke from earlier in the season.
Speaking on the first episode of Micah Richards & Roy Keane Driving Home for Christmas the former Manchester City defender said: "I joked on Sky… 'Roy till the end of the season'."
To which Keane responded: "Why would that be a joke? You said something about me falling out with players… but that's what managers do! You're meant to fall out with players."
With Richards then clarifying that he meant Harry Maguire and David de Gea, Keane hit back with: "The first thing I'd do is pull them two and say prove me wrong.
"That's the end of the conversation. And if they get upset it's no problem. Players are upset all the time. It's not about the players liking the manager. You hope the players respect the manager."
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Keane said of Maguire on ITV after his recent goal against Albania when the defender celebrated wildly: "I think he puts his hands to his ears like he’s shut the critics up, but I think that’s embarrassing.
“He’s been a disgrace the last few months for Manchester United.
"If he thinks [when] he scores he’s going to shut his critics up… embarrassing."
Having said about De Gea on Sky Sports back in 2020 following an error against Tottenham: “I’m sick to death of this goalkeeper (De Gea).
"I would be fighting him at half-time. There is no getting away from that. I would be swinging punches at that guy.
“This is an established international goalkeeper. I’m flabbergasted. There’s got to be something going on at half-time. If I was (manager) Ole (Gunnar Solskjaer), make some changes."
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