Sir Alex Ferguson’s opinion on how Roy Keane was going to fare as a manager

Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed how he thought Roy Keane would fare as a manager when he played under him at Manchester United.

Keane was one of Sir Alex's key players as he, and the rest of the United side, created a monopoly over the Premier League.

In their 12 years together, seven of which Keane spent as captain, United claimed seven Premier League triumphs.

And all this success appeared as captain appeared to predict a bright future in management for the Irishman.

Sir Alex has confirmed just as much, and according to The Athletic, he believed Keane would be a perfect gaffer.

“Yeah. He’s got the brains, the intelligence, he’s got the drive," the Scotsman revealed when speaking about Keane's future in management.

"He understands the game well. Whether he’d want that is another matter.

"It’s a very confusing subject actually… big Viv Anderson used to say to me: ‘You’re off your f***** head being a manager. There’s no way I’d ever manage'.

"He was adamant, 100 per cent adamant: 'No way in a million years would I want to be a manager'. He became a manager."

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After hanging up his boots in 2006, Keane moved into management with an unsuccessful spell at Sunderland.

A similarly uninspiring spell at Ipswich Town, which culminated with his sacking in 2011, was Keane's last try at a top job.

The Irishman has had further roles in management since then, including a lengthy spell as an assistant in the Ireland set-up.

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