Keane took over as captain of United in 1997 when Eric Cantona retired and held the title until he left in 2005. In that time he became the club’s most successful armband wearer winning 4 Premier League titles and a European Cup amongst other things.
Although he left under a dark cloud, Keane’s influence can not be denied and Sir Bobby told The Guardian that he regrets not having played with the Irishman:
“There are certain players that are talismen and when they go on to a football field they take everybody with them.
“Roy Keane just had that thing. He could change the game with the timing of one tackle. I have played with a large number of good players and have played against many, but when you ask me which would I have liked to play with it’s Roy Keane I miss out there.”