Roy Keane concedes he regrets failing to “relax” at any point during his Manchester United career as it was simply “not in his make-up”.
The former Red Devils skipper disagreed with former teammate Gary Neville, who admitted at times he could ease off, firmly believing Sir Alex Ferguson’s side were too dominant to let the title slip.
Neville recalls the second season after clinching the famous treble, explaining his feeling at the time that there was no doubt anymore about whether they would win a third successive title
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“We’d never have said it publicly but going into the 6-1 win over Arsenal I don’t think there were any doubts we would go on to win the league, we were totally confident,” Neville told MNF Retro.
“In years gone by we had titanic battles with Arsenal but this season didn’t feel like it was going to be one of them.”
But Keane dismissed the notion he was able to coast at any stage of his career, underlining the intensity he maintained throughout a dominant period with the Red Devils.
“Believe it or not, I’m going to disagree with Gary,” Keane responded.
“I didn’t fall for that at all, throughout my career I never thought that anything was easy. We made it look easy at the end, but that was because we worked really hard.
“Even when you were 10 or 13 points clear and people say it felt like the league was won, I never felt that way, it wasn’t in my make-up.
“I wish I was a bit relaxed when we were so far clear, but I felt I couldn’t relax. I couldn’t think that way, that was my mindset and I was never happy really.”
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