Is this proof that Keano has mellowed?
Aggressive, confrontational and intimidating.
It is fair to say those are three words that many Manchester United fans would use to describe the character of our iconic club captain Roy Keane.
But is that now an outdated assessment?
The Irishman shocked football supporters earlier this year when he surprisingly entered the world of social media, with an official Instagram account that has now racked up 1.4million followers.
While his early work hinted at the hard-man character that is often defined by the public – his second post showed him fighting off two opponents who were strangling him by the throat! – Keane has since highlighted a much softer side to his personality and fans appear to be lapping up.
Roy has often admitted the media’s version of his character is exaggerated and, while he clearly enjoys that from time to time, his recent work on Sky Sports has proved he is human after all. A recent road trip with Micah Richards this summer revealed more about the man than we previously knew: he loves a TGI Friday, worships Bob Dylan and cites ‘There Will Be Blood’ as his favourite film.
Ultimately, Keane is a family man: during his playing career that centred around his colleagues and he would protect them at all costs, as Patrick Vieira famously discovered in the Highbury tunnel.
As his Instagram account continues to show us, his life now revolves around his home life and those closest to him. Want proof? Take a look at the gallery of images below…
Another side to Keano gallery
These eight images from Roy's brilliant Instagram account show a much softer version than we're accustomed to.