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There were a few surprises in Roy Keane’s all-time Man United XI

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Roy Keane picks Manchester United XI.

Roy Keane was asked to give his Man United Premier League XI during his Monday Night Football appearance last night and there were a few inclusions that might surprise people.

Asking Roy Keane to come up with a Man United XI can point to two things. One, a lack of content ideas among those at Sky Sports. And two, the fact that the demise of the Red Devils leaves little to talk about after their final home game of the season.

Roy Keane includes Treble-winners in Man United XI.

Regardless, it was interesting as always to listen to the Corkman reflect on his career and all the players he shared a dressing room with during Man United’s golden era.

Some players picked themselves, such as Peter Schmeichel, Gary Neville and Denis Irwin, with praise for Irwin and Neville seeming to come a lot more naturally than for Schmeichel, who Keane famously clashed with on occasion.

In the centre of defence, Treble-winner Jaap Stam was picked despite only playing three years at the club and the selection of Gary Pallister ahead of the likes of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic may have raised some eyebrows.

Roy Keane picks Pallister, Robson and Ince.

“This was probably the hardest one, I’d have to say,” Keane said of the selection of Pallister. “Pally was a very good player, that’s why he’s in the team. Big and strong, always looked tired, always looked exhausted but I’d have him in there. A really good player.”

In the centre of midfield, Keane plumped for Bryan Robson and Paul Ince at the expense of picking himself, leaving out long-time colleagues Nicky Butt and Paul Scholes.

Robson is one of the most highly-regarded players in United’s history but he only played two seasons of the Premier League after the competition’s 1992 rebrand, making a total of 19 appearances as Alex Ferguson’s side lifted the title on both occasions.

Ince is another inclusion who younger fans may be surprised about but he and Keane partnered brilliantly together for two years in the mid-1990s, and as Jamie Carragher said to Keane last night, the current Reading manager sometimes gets overlooked when the great Premier League midfielders are spoken about.

Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ryan Giggs and David Beckham were fairly obvious inclusions on the flanks but up front Wayne Rooney got the nod over the likes of Ruud van Nistelrooy and Eric Cantona.

While they barely played 18 months together, there was still time for Rooney and Keane to have a  famous row over a remote control, something which Keane addressed last night, but the Liverpudlian did still come in for high praise from his former captain.

Alongside Rooney is his old partner-in-crime Cristiano Ronaldo, who is back scoring goals for the club at the grand old age of 37, and he makes Keane’s team despite being more of a winger when they played together.

It’s certainly a decent-looking side and if the Gods somehow managed to get them all together in their prime, you’d imagine they’d certainly be challenging for trophies.

You can watch the full segment of Roy Keane picking his Man United XI via this link.

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