Monday 22 July 2013
Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson made one of his most significant signings when he brought combative midfielder Roy Keane to the club.
Keane, then 22, had spent three years at Nottingham Forest under the tutelage of the great Brian Clough but his time at the City Ground came to an end when they were relegated from the Barclays Premier League.
With Bryan Robson struggling with injury, Keane soon found himself a first-team regular at United and his drive and determination to succeed were evident in his first Manchester derby, when he scored the winner as Ferguson's side came from two goals down to win 3-2 at Maine Road.
"The best midfield player in the world of his generation"
Alex Ferguson on Roy Keane
The rest, as they say, is history as Keane went on to become one of the legends of the Premier League. He won two Premier League and FA Cup doubles in his first three seasons and was appointed captain after Eric Cantona left United. It was a responsibility that sat comfortably on his shoulders as he led the club to extraordinary success.
In total he won seven League titles, four FA Cups as well as the UEFA Champions League in 1999 before his time at Old Trafford came to an abrupt end in November 2005.
Keane made a total of 326 Barclays Premier League appearances for United, scoring 33 times, and his contribution to the club was recognised when he was named by a panel of experts in their Fantasy Team in the Barclays Premier League 20 Seasons Awards last year.
Following his departure from Old Trafford, Ferguson said Keane had been a 'fantastic servant' for the club.
"The best midfield player in the world of his generation, he is already one of the great figures in our club's illustrious history," said Ferguson. "Roy has been central to the success of the club in the last 12-and-a-half years and everyone at Old Trafford wishes him well in the rest of his career and beyond."