Originally posted by petrosianpupil
I think that Viera was the more natural athlete, Keane made himself an athlete.
The only thing that gives me pause in naming Roy Keane the best defensive midfielder in the world is the fact that this under rates his ability. He was quite simply, the best midfielder in the world. Only his own mind (helped by his growing age) and his manager, pigeon holed him as a defensive midfielder. His aerial ability (for a small lad 5' 10"
was unreal (goal against Juve in '99 stands out). His ability to play the killer pass is only surpassed by Paul Scholes and Fabregas. And his shooting ability was great.
I remember when we beat Arsenal 2-0, Keane made up yards to get back at the younger Vieira with a superb tackle, and managed to score 2 goals.
Paul Ince thought himself a great all rounder. His lack of discipline got him the boot from Old Trafford after refusing to obey Ferguson's orders to only play a holding role in the Nou Camp, when we got hammered 4-0. Keane's professionalism never allowed him to go against the team's requirements.
Roy Keane: Greatest Midfielder Ever, Greatest Captain Ever, Greatest Player Ever, and my prediction: Greatest Manchester United Manager Ever.