Roy Keane’s greatest performance came after he received a yellow card that would mean he could not participate in the Champions League Final if Manchester United could get there. Keane ensured that they did. Sir Alex Ferguson’s quote is the kind of praise that any player hopes for from their manager.
Teams at the top always drop points in the run-in. It happens, but how you cope with it is important.
Only true champions come out and show their worth and I expect us to do that.
~Sir Alex Ferguson, 22 January 2007
Sir Alex Ferguson’s inspirational response to a Manchester United loss to Arsenal in 2007 was a call to arms for his team. Manchester United became the Premier League Champions in the 2006-2007 year.
For a club with their history, I’d get rid of him, I really would. He is a disgrace to Liverpool Football Club. That player should not be allowed to play for Liverpool again. The history that club has got … and he does that today. It could have caused a riot.
~ Sir Alex Ferguson
Luis Suarez refused to shake hands with Patrice Evra after Suarez was banned for eight games for racial abuse. Evra was his accuser.
Just because you are paid £120,000-a-week and play well for 20 minutes against Tottenham, you think you are a superstar. The younger players have been let down by some of the more experienced players. They are just not leading. There is a shortage of characters in this team. It seems to be in this club that you have to play badly to be rewarded. Maybe that is what I should do when I come back. Play badly.
~ Roy Keane, October 2005
Roy Keane attacks his teammates on Manchester United’s TV channel. Eventually, this harsh criticism led to his departure from United following 12 years at the club.