United legend says £13m midfielder should not go to Old Trafford

Roy Keane Signing Autographs as Man Utd player

Roy Keane believes Everton midfielder James McCarthy should not join his former team.

It has been a merry-go-round at Manchester United this week in regards to transfer stories. Toni Kroos coming in, Thomas Muller, Kevin Strootman - it has been non-stop.

Yesterday it was Everton midfielder James McCarthy who has been linked with a move to Old Trafford. The Republic of Ireland international only joined The Toffees in September of last year. The likes of Manchester United and Liverpool had previously been linked with the boy whilst a Wigan Athletic player. But he followed Roberto Martinez to Goodison Park for a fee of £13 million.

United need a dynamic, ball-carrying midfielder, a job McCarthy has done with aplomb for Everton this campaign.

But one man who is adamant that he does not want McCarthy heading to United is something of a legend at the club.

Roy Keane played 480 times for Manchester United in a 13-year Old Trafford career which saw him pick up seven Premier League winners medals, four FA Cups and a UEFA Champions LEague - most of which he did as captain of the side.

But nowadays he is the assistant manager for the Republic of Ireland national team, and in that respect he does not feel it is in his or McCarthy's best interests if he heads off to United this summer.

He told the Irish Times:

“He’s only been at Everton two minutes. He’s obviously making good progress but I’m pretty sure that with Manchester United there’ll be talks of lots of players going there at the moment but James is at a good club in Everton. He’s had a decent couple of seasons and if he keeps progressing then who knows but I’m sure he’s happy where he is."

McCarthy has had an exceptional season for Everton, and Keane is right to think the best thing for his development right now is to continue that form and not disrupt his progress by making a move to United.

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