Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane reportedly gave the club’s current players a “stirring” team talk recently, however one player was left unimpressed by the Irish man’s words of wisdom.
According to a report from The Mirror, Keane was invited into United’s Carrington training facility by manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to talk to the club’s young stars.
Keane and Solskjaer are said to have wanted to give the younger players a sense of when United were one of the dominant forces in European football and what is required to get to that level.
Keane is said to have spoken to the players about setting and maintaining high standards in training and on matchdays, having a strong mentality among the group and making the sacrifices required to be champions.
The report outlines however that Keane was less than impressed with one United player who was said to be slouched in his chair throughout the talk and looked disinterested in what was being said.
It is not known if Keane called out the unnamed player at the time, but his first visit back to Carrington since December 2005 was generally said to have been a huge success.
Keane’s words appeared to have helped Solskjaer’s charges in the week, with United managing two impressive victories over both Tottenham and Manchester City.
The former Irish captain was in the Sky Sports studio for the Manchester derby and heaped praise on the Red Devils after their 2-1 win.
“It was fantastic – a proper Manchester United performance. Lots of bravery and personality. They were outstanding.
“I don’t think beating Tottenham was a big deal at home, but that win today will give the players a lot of confidence as they have been criticised – nobody likes to be criticised.
“But hats off to Manchester United, whatever happens in January with the speculation, question marks over Ole, they were outstanding.
“This was a Manchester United performance.
“It wasn’t all about how they countered attacked, it was how they managed the game, got blocks in and showed personality.
“I really enjoyed watching them – it’s what Manchester United is all about. But the key is to be consistent, week-in, week-out. Hopefully these young players will pick up on that.”