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Roy Keane Reacts To Being Overlooked For Manchester United Interim Manager Position

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Roy Keane Reacts To Being Overlooked For Manchester United Interim Manager Position

Roy Keane has admitted becoming Manchester United's interim manager was "never gonna happen" even though he felt he could have slotted into the role.

Former United skipper Keane was briefly mentioned as a potential candidate alongside Steve Bruce, who was said to be very keen on returning to Old Trafford.

Image: PA
Image: PA

United had a five-man shortlist and ultimately went with 63-year-old Ralf Rangnick, who is set to leave his post as head of sports and development at Lokomotiv Moscow.

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But Keane, who has been highly critical of a number of United players in recent times, felt the need to remind people that he has managed in the English top flight.

"They were never gonna call me, that was never gonna happen," Keane said on Sky Sports.

‘I’d have no problem going into any dressing room trying to take control of a dressing room, I’ve managed in the Premier League and I don’t think it would be a problem to me, but it was never going to happen.

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"People tend to forget that I have managed before and I did okay in the Premier League with Sunderland."

Keane's punditry friend Micah Richards had put the Irishman's name in the hat last week but then remembered he had called out "half of the dressing room".

The 50-year-old won the Championship with Sunderland and kept them in the Premier League until his stint ended in December 2008.

He then went on to manage Ipswich, as well as serve as assistant manager at Aston Villa, Nottingham Forest and the Republic of Ireland national team.

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During his appearance on Super Sunday, Keane also claimed the United players threw his former teammate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer under the bus despite his sacking not coming as a shock.

"I think Ole did get enough time and the results and the performances over the last couple of months have been really really poor, so there was no real surprise after the Watford game," he added.

“We have to speak about the players, they’re nowhere near good enough for Man United, but as we know the manager always pays the price.

"These players don’t run, they don’t sprint, they don’t close down, they don’t work as a team, they work as individuals and they’re always just depending on their talent which is coming up short as well.

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“These lads have done what I predicted and thrown him under the bus."

Rangnick, who has managed RB Leipzig, Hoffenheim and Schalke, will sign a six-month deal that will see him become a consultant at the club soon after.

Rangnick has managed against the best clubs. Image: PA Images
Rangnick has managed against the best clubs. Image: PA Images

He is known as "the Godfather of gegenpressing" and had a huge influence on Premier League coaches like Thomas Tuchel, Jurgen Klopp and Ralph Hasenhuttl.

Featured Image Credit: Image: PA & Sky Sports

Topics: Manchester United, Ralf Rangnick, Roy Keane, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

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