Roy Keane reveals his ’embarrassing’ fitness levels keep him from taking part in legends games

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Roy Keane reveals his ’embarrassing’ fitness levels are keeping him from taking part in legends games… as the 51-year-old Manchester United legend insists ‘injury problems’ mean ‘I wouldn’t really be able to do any running’

  • Roy Keane admits his fitness levels have become ’embarrassing’ since retiring
  • The Republic of Ireland icon claims it keeps him from playing legends games 
  • He also reveals that he struggles to run anymore due to several injury problems 

Roy Keane reveals that his fitness levels have become ’embarrassing’ since his retirement from football in 2006.

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The 51-year-old claimed that his poor physical condition has prevented him from taking part in legends games alongside his former team-mates Gary Neville and David Beckham against the likes of Liverpool and Bayern Munich. 

Keane, who captained United for several years before departing for Scottish giants Celtic,  added that injury problems throughout his career make it difficult for him to run and he would struggle to keep up with the speed of a game. 

Roy Keane admits his fitness has become embarrassing since retiring from football in 2006  

He told Off the Ball: ‘I’m not fit. I’m far from fit. My fitness levels are actually very, very embarrassing.

‘Just because I’ve not put on loads of weight doesn’t mean to say I’m fit. I wouldn’t really be able to do any running.

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‘Put it this way, I’ve been invited a number of times over the last few years to play legends games or whatever you want to call it.

He claims that he now struggles to run and has since been unable to play in legends games like former team-mate Gary Neville (left)

He claims that he now struggles to run and has since been unable to play in legends games like former team-mate Gary Neville (left)

‘I’d find it really difficult because I wouldn’t be able to get around. Too many injury problems.’

The legendary Republic of Ireland midfielder spent 13 trophy-laden years at Old Trafford, playing 468 games and scoring fifty goals for the Red Devils as the linch-pin in what was undoubtedly one of club football’s most successful sides. 

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But his former side have struggled to adequately recruit a midfield enforcer of his capabilities of late, and he has slammed current midfielders Scott McTominay and Fred after their performance against Brighton on Sunday. 

Keane captained United's treble-winning side in 1999 but missed the Champions League final

Keane captained United’s treble-winning side in 1999 but missed the Champions League final

‘The [lack of] decision-making and football intelligence from midfield, particularly Fred.

‘I’ve been going on about it for a long time – Fred and McTominay are not good enough.

‘They won’t get Manchester United back competing at the top. We see it week in, week out. They’re not up to it.’ 

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