Wayne Rooney Tells Brilliant X-Factor Story About Roy Keane
Wayne Rooney made his Monday Night Football debut last night and impressed and surprised fans with his punditry in the absence of Gary Neville. It was his insight into a conversation with another former Manchester United colleague that delighted most.
When it comes to Monday Night Football Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville have made themselves kings of football punditry but Wayne Rooney certainly put himself in the shop window to be one of their heirs.
The Everton captain has enjoyed somewhat of a renaissance since being back at Goodison Park this season. In a poor Toffees side he has managed to bag 10 Premier League goals, something most would have thought beyond him.
Take a look at our video of some of Wayne Rooney's angriest moments:
And the renaissance man probably went against conventional wisdom on Sky's Monday football show when he was a brilliant pundit on a night when Watford beat Chelsea 4-1.
Probably the highlight of Rooney's time on the show was his story about the time that he riled Roy Keane with nothing other than X-Factor:
"I always remember my first away trip, having that argument with Roy Keane. We were watching the rugby before we were playing Newcastle United away and he went to get some food, so I put the X Factor on and I hid the remote.
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"He wasn't happy about it and we had an argument. But I think straightaway, he respected me more for standing up to him.> He looked at me, and he respected me that day for being big enough to have a go back at him."
I like to think of Keane in that situation eventually backing down and sitting down having been 'forced' to watch X-Factor whilst reluctantly starting to enjoy it, even if he'd never admit it- you know the kind of person I mean.
Clearly the decision to stick to his guns rather than give up in the face of a no doubt initially irate Keane was testament to Rooney's strong mentality even at a young age, something that helped him during his career.
Those kind of attributes could even help him going forward as he admitted to fancying a go at management after his playing career is over, saying, "I would like to go into management. I have been involved in football my whole life. That is something I know."
It's certainly something we'd like to see.
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