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Roy Keane Believes He Was 'Too Nice' To People During His Career

Roy Keane Believes He Was 'Too Nice' To People During His Career

Mere days after launching a scathing attack on David De Gea for his error against Spurs, Roy Keane claims he believes he was "too nice to people" during his career.

The former Manchester United captain is viewed as a no-nonsense hard-man and someone who demanded the absolute best from those around him.

But the Irishman says that it was actually the opposite and that he regrets the way he dealt with certain people during his playing career.

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He told the Sunday Independent: "Sometimes I was too hard. Sometimes I was too soft.

"If I was critical, looking back on my own career and how I dealt with people, even in management - and people mightn't believe this - but I reckon that sometimes I was too nice to people.

"People stabbed me right in my chest, it wasn't in my back. Because I was too nice to them."

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Keane was never one afraid to speak up. Memorably, his glittering United stint came to an end after he pulled no punches in a censored MUTV interview back in November 2005, with a fiery final meeting seeing his contract terminated and a move to Celtic ensuing.

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He called out a number of his former teammates for remaining silent until after their career was finished.

Keane added: "I didn't come away from Saipan [the incident whereby he left Ireland's 2002 World Cup base] thinking, 'I can't believe that's happened'.

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"All the people - it was the same at Manchester United - who are now very good on the TV and are doing a lot of talking and are very good at the media, said very little at the time.

"They all found their voices, you know, 15, 20 years later. In the heat of meetings, these kind of leaders, shall we say - or alleged leaders - never said a word."

Topics: Football News, Football, Manchester United, Roy Keane

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