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Winger On Roy, Roy On Winger

Roy Keane directed a surprisingly soft criticism towards Ireland's key players last week and Ryan Giggs believes his former teammate will always tell what he thinks.

Ireland beat Wales on Saturday but the press is still full about how Roy attacked the FAI for being biased towards players from Dublin and he criticised coach Steve Staunton for being too loyal to the officials of FAI.

He also said that some of Ireland's key players were not performing on a consistent level recently and they should not be included on the basis of name only. Hard to argue with that but as these comments reminded a lot of people of his outburst on MUTV in November 2005, they instantly made the headlines. Ryan Giggs, of course, is not surprised by the outspoken nature of his former colleague.

'I can only speak from playing alongside Roy as a player,' Giggs said.

'The standard he sets for himself, he expects other players around him to have those same standards.

'That is what he was like as a player and that is what he is like as a manager now. Roy will never change, he is a winner, it is as simple as that.

'Roy was our captain and our leader. We fully respected him and still do. He had that knack of getting the best out of people and getting the best out of players.

'He was like that as a player and it looks like he is doing that now as a manager at Sunderland.'

These things are well-known about Roy but it was relatively new for me that he could heap praise on someone via the press - and I did not expect to him to join the admirers of Cristiano Ronaldo but he did exactly that.

'If you had asked me two or three years ago I would have told you he could go on to be the best player in the world.

'I thought that would happen after he had been playing over a longer period of time, but his form this season has been a different class.

'The skills Ronaldo has are frightening. He is an entertainer and fans at United love that.

'It is great to see and they are the type of players you would pay to watch.'

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Date:Monday March 26 2007
Time: 2:59PM


Hopefully we'll see Keano back at Old Trafford in the home dugout some day, i'd love to see Mourinho and Wenger try their mind game crap on him, as for his comments about the Irish players he's right, his name sake Robbie Keane is an overrated stocking of ***** who's been giving the captaincy of his country by a manager who's only experience of anything remotely to do with management was a coaching stint at Walsall for 6 months all this when the FA of Ireland promised a world class manager, Keane may not have much experience as a manager but has clearly proven that you are either cut out to be a manger or not and thanks to his professional, driven mentality and his time playing under Fergie and Clough he is, so please sack that retarded**** Staunton and get Keano for the Ireland job!! Could you imagine McClaren picking Gary Neville at left back and Ashley Cole at right back while playing one up front with your best striker, say Rooney, on the bench against a back 5 made up of championship and league 1 players while playing at home in front of 80000 english fans, there would be uproar, Keano is only saying what every other Irish person feels.
27/03/2007 18:53:00
Well, McClaren does something like that... Lennon on the left, Gerrard on the right, Lampard in the team... and there IS uproar. Keano is still fantastic but his career in management is too successful so far. Hopefully he won't pay the price later for this quick rise.
28/03/2007 13:28:00
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