Roy Keane’s true personality showed when Man Utd team-mate rejected dinner offer

Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane is rightly remembered as one of the Premier League's most ruthless midfielders.

Setting the standards at Old Trafford whilst the Red Devils were at the peak of their powers, Keane racked up a staggering seven top-flight titles, four FA Cups and the Champions League during his glittering stint at the Theatre of Dreams.

And while more recently the Sky Sports studio has shown a different side to the stern Irishman, helped acutely by his budding on-screen relationship with Micah Richards, ex-Man Utd 'keeper Tim Howard stated Keane has always been a class act.

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Speaking on Ben Foster's Fozcast, the USA international praised the Cork-born midfielder for a warm welcome to the club, despite his formidable nature.

"When you talk about one standout player, never saw it before, never saw it again. Roy Keane as a captain was just cut from a different cloth," said Howard.

"Like most players, I was definitely afraid of him, but I've learned that he's just an amazing human being. But I used to be afraid of him, I remember to begin in training he would lay into me.

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"And when I first moved, my wife went back to the United States briefly and I was on my own for a week, and he asked if I wanted to come over and have some dinner with him.

"I just made an excuse not to go, I was like 'there is no way I'm having dinner at your house, I am frightened to death of you.' But this is what I'm saying, he just cares, he cares a lot."

Tasked with challenging Fabien Barthez between the sticks, Howard instantly became Sir Alex Ferguson's first-choice goalkeeper following a £2.3million move from New York Red Bulls. He starred in the 2004 FA Cup final win but several unconvincing displays in the Premier League saw the Red Devils bring in Edwin van der Saar and Howard was eventually flogged to Everton.


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