Roy Keane named as the fourth player to enter the Premier League’s Hall of Fame, following former Manchester United team-mate Eric Cantona

"I feel very lucky to be inducted but I’ve only been inducted because of the players I’ve played with," says Keane on his inclusion in the Premier League's Hall of Fame.

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Former Manchester United player and club legend Roy Keane has become the fourth and latest player to be inducted into the Premier League Hall of Fame.
Former Manchester United player and club legend Roy Keane has become the fourth and latest player to be inducted into the Premier League Hall of Fame.

Former Manchester United player and club legend Roy Keane has become the fourth and latest player to be inducted into the Premier League Hall of Fame.

The former midfielder is one of the most decorated players in Premier League history, having won seven titles with United, and joins ex-team-mate Eric Cantona, Thierry Henry and Alan Shearer in the Hall of Fame. The former Republic of Ireland international featured in 366 top-flight games in total, scoring 39 goals, and also won two Player of the Month awards.

Keane joins Alan Shearer, Thierry Henry and ex-teammate Eric “The King” Cantona to be the latest Hall Of Fame Inductee

Roy Keane named as the fourth player to enter the Premier League's Hall of Fame, following former Manchester United team-mate Eric Cantona
Roy Keane named as the fourth player to enter the Premier League’s Hall of Fame, following former Manchester United team-mate Eric Cantona

Roy Keane became the second United player and the second of six players chosen to be inducted into the prestigious Premier League Hall of Fame. The ex Manchester United midfield general was chosen from list of 23 players by a fans’ poll conducted by the Premier league.

The league said the Hall of Fame “celebrates the talent and achievements” of those who have featured in the division since its inception in 1992 and that players must have been retired as of August-1, 2020 to be eligible.

Irishman Roy Keane won seven top-flight titles during his time at United, and was Sir Alex Ferguson’s fearsome captain in some of Scot’s best ever sides.

He also lifted four FA Cups and the Champions League in 1999, eventually completing a famous treble.

The Irishman won seven top-flight titles during his time at United, and was Sir Alex Ferguson’s fearsome captain in some of Scot’s best ever sides.

He also lifted four FA Cups and the Champions League in 1999.

“I feel very lucky to be inducted but I’ve only been inducted because of the players I’ve played with,” Keane said in contrasting style to Cantona, whose place in the Hall of Fame was announced earlier on Tuesday. Keane said in contrasting style to Cantona, whose place in the Hall of Fame was announced earlier on Tuesday. 

Keane had special praise for his former Nottingham Forest manager Brian Clough, who brought him from Cobh Ramblers in County Cork, Ireland to the Premier League.

‘Brian Clough [was my biggest influence] for signing and giving me my debut,‘ Keane said.

‘His advice before my debut was telling me to control the ball, pass it to my team-mate and run, that was the foundation of my career.’

Keane joined United from Nottingham Forest for a British record fee in 1993 and quickly became a galvanizing presence in our midfield, providing unrivalled amounts of energy and fighting spirit, plus a world-class passing ability that is often overshadowed by his tough-tackling, straight-talking persona. 

Known as ‘Keano’ to fans and ‘Keaney’ to his team-mates, Roy helped to usher in a period of dominance in the 1990s and became Manchester United’s club captain when Cantona retired, in 1997. He had always been a hot headed leader on field, with his altercation with Arsenal’s Patrick Viera in the tunnel at Highbury in 2005 catching headlines.

United’s heroic former no.16 won an astonishing seven Premier League titles in total and registered 366 appearances in the competition along the way, also scoring 39 goals and registering 33 assists.

Premier League all-time top goalscorer Alan Shearer and Arsenal legend Thierry Henry became the two founders of the Hall of Fame when it was launched last month, with Manchester United icon Eric Cantona joining them as the first from the 23-man shortlist for the next members which were put to a public vote.

Four more top-flight stars will be named in the Hall of Fame by the end of the week, with the likes of Paul Scholes, Frank Lampard, Dennis Bergkamp and Steven Gerrard among the remaining 21 nominees.

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