down the pitch fairly regularly, which I suppose is a skill, although I’d prefer to call it a strength."
What others said "I’ve been delighted with Roy and feel that he has already proved himself as a marvellous player for Manchester United. His commitment is amazing and he’s a great passer of the ball. He’s good in the air, he’s fast and he’s powerful. To me, he’s one of the best signings we’ve ever made." - Alex Ferguson.
Just the stats A first season to be proud of for Keane as he amassed 53 appearances, 49 as a starter, and contributed eight goals. Two strikes in the club's opening Champions League tie in Honved showed his suitability for the European stage and his ability to push the legendary Bryan Robson, even at 36, to the sidelines deserves full credit.
Trivia The £3.75million fee paid to Nottingham Forest ensured Keane became United's club record signing, comfortably beating the £2.3million handed over to Middlesbrough for Gary Pallister in 1989.
What happened next? Keane became a Manchester United legend and one of the club's best captains of all time. An inspiration and born leader, it is often said he was the embodiment of Sir Alex's ethos on the field. He finished his career at Celtic after leaving Old Trafford in 2005 and is now an ITV pundit and Republic of Ireland assistant manager.