Would Roy Keane be a good assistant to Van Gaal at Man United?

Roy Keane Signing Autographs as Man Utd player

A report in The Independent claims that the Dutchman wants the opinionated former captain as his number two - a good idea?

Dutch coach Louis van Gaal seems like the overwhelming favourite to replace David Moyes in the Manchester United hotseat, with the experienced coach said to be the Old Trafford club’s first choice to replace the Scot.

A report in The Independent today has claimed that the current Netherlands head coach is eyeing up former United midfielder Roy Keane as his potential assistant if and when he is offered the post.

However, would the Irishman make a good assistant at Old Trafford?


Under Moyes there was an air of player revolt, with rumblings that some senior figures at the club did not agree with the Scot’s means of managing.

With a number of late-night antics by senior players and the ex-Everton man certainly not commanding the same level of respect that his predecessor Sir Alex Ferguson received.

Keane’s no-nonsense approach would certainly stamp out any ill-discipline.

The former captain also knows what it means to play for United, and is a born leader and winner – both things United need badly.


Van Gaal is something of an outspoken character and someone who has not had a squeaky clean record of dealing with players and other figures in the same club or national team as him.

Whether two strong characters such as Van Gaal and Keane could co-operate remains to be seen.

With the well-documented rift between Keane and Ferguson, the Irishman’s return to Old Trafford would also be quite the affront to the legendary retired manager.

Finally, although a blood and thunder figure, Keane’s management skills have been called into question somewhat as his track record at Sunderland and Ipswich left something to be desired.

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