Whilst the former United midfielder has had a shaky relationship with Sir Alex Ferguson since he left the club in 2005, he is the club’s most successful captain having been brought to Old Trafford in 1993 and was complimentary when speaking about Sir Alex’s decision.
Speak on ITV prior to their coverage of the FA Cup Final, Keane said:
“I wasn’t as shocked as everyone else. At 71 he had great success and there are such demands in the game now. I was disappointed, of course. It’s always sad to see a great manager leave the game.
“I have massive respect for what he’s done as a manager. I was lucky to play under him and privileged to play for the club. He’ll be a big loss.
“I always felt when I played under him, we just never wanted to let him down. That’s what great managers do.”
Keane went on to speak about his experience playing for Sir Alex, adding:
“Sometimes after big games it wasn’t the hairdryer that worried me – it was when he was quiet.
“We worried we’d let the man down. The hairdryer never concerned me – he was just releasing a bit of anger, which we all do.
“He’d have a feel for what a certain player might need. I always felt he got that spot on. He had a feel for the group and what certain characters might need. He made a few mistakes, particularly with me towards the end, but he will still be missed.
“With a great manager you just felt you could not let him down.”