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Shearer: Keane was a true leader and captain

18 May 2021
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Inaugural inductee explains attributes of Man Utd great, who has joined him in PL Hall of Fame

Inaugural Premier League Hall of Fame inductee Alan Shearer says that Roy Keane, who has now joined him in receiving the honour, was one of the great leaders in the competition's history.

"I did [have run-ins] but only because of the amount of respect I had for him, because of how much he wanted to win and what a captain he was," said Shearer on last month's Hall of Fame launch show.

Keane, who was captain of Manchester United and won seven titles at Old Trafford, is one of six players from a 23-man shortlist to receive the most combined votes from fans and the Premier League panel.

See: Keane voted into the Premier League Hall of Fame

He has joined Shearer, the other inaugural inductee Thierry Henry and Eric Cantona in the Hall of Fame, with the other four inductees to be confirmed over the next few days.

'He was a great leader'

"The sign of a great captain is when your team is in trouble, you've got 70,000 or 80,000 fans looking at you, you've got millions all around the world looking at you.

"Probably more importantly, you've got your team-mates and your manager looking at you to do something to get us out of trouble."

"Whether that be a tackle, a pass or a goal, whatever that may be and that's what great captains do - and that's what Roy Keane was.

"He was a great leader and he led his team to so many victories, to so many trophies and he epitomised everything great about Man Utd at that time."

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