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Roy Keane

Position: Midfielder
Appearances in the decade: 229
Goals in the decade: 14
Signed: 19 Jul 1993
Left: 18 Nov 2005

Premier League: 1999/2000, 2000/01, 2002/03
FA Cup: 2003/04
Community Shield: 2003

27/12/2009 08:49, Report by Paul Davies

Players of the Decade: #5

It seems a long time ago, but at the turn of the century the player at Old Trafford was Royston Maurice Keane – our no.16, captain and inspiration.

The midfielder's greatest season – without question – was 1999/2000, and he picked up three individual honours to prove it: the PFA, Football Writers' and Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year awards. Had United retained the Champions League, he’d surely have added the Ballon d’Or.

Has there ever been a better captain? Those who saw Johnny Carey would argue his case, the Babes had their own incredible leader in Roger Byrne and Bryan Robson was a marvel of a skipper for club and country.

But Keane exhibited the best qualities of all three: leading by example, galvanising his team-mates (normally verbally) and dominating every other midfield in the country.

Some say we’ve still not replaced him. There’s a reason for that: you can’t. The finest midfielder of his generation and the catalyst for all United's early noughties success.

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