‘Keane was scary – even when I was senior at Man Utd I avoided him in canteen’

Manchester United star Wes Brown has revealed he was terrified of Roy Keane when playing for the Red Devils, even avoiding the former captain in the canteen.

However, Brown added that as he grew up, he realised why Keane acted the way he did. "When I was a kid, he was scary. Nobody could be perfect, but he wanted perfection," Brown told Ladbrokes Fanzone.

"What people didn’t understand is that when you played really well, Roy would let you know. He wouldn’t just be shouting at you when you did something wrong like many believed. He was a captain, and he was perfect for what we needed. Keano was very clever.

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"He worked out my character and he knew he could have a go at me and I would respond.

"However, he would take it easier on someone else who would be likely to take it hard and go into their shell if they were shouted at. I was only young and when he put in such an amount of graft, I would follow and do the same."

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Brown added: "You wouldn’t think Keano was approachable, but he was. He wasn’t your mate; you wouldn’t sit with him in the canteen. Not from my experience anyway. He was the captain, not your mate and that was that.

"What many didn’t realise was that if you did go up to him for a chat, he was absolutely fine. The public image isn’t the truth. Although, it would be good to know if he has ever left his phone on by accident!"

Brown spent 15 years at United before he left for Sunderland in 2011 – who Keane had managed between 2006 and 2008. The defender hung up his boots in 2018, after playing for Indian side Kerala Blasters.

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