Things that make Roy Keane angry from prawn sandwiches and ABBA to players swapping shirts

Things that make Roy Keane angry from prawn sandwiches and ABBA to players swapping shirts

April 29, 2022

WHEN it comes to being football's Mr Angry, Roy Keane has given his best audition through the years.

The Man Utd legend, 50, has continued to entertain audiences as a football pundit in recent times.

But, there are quite a few thinks that irk the ex-Ireland star.

Like school meals hero Marcus Rashford, for example, who was spotted cracking a smile while warming up before the Red Devils entertained Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Keane revealed on Sky Sports: "Every time I see Marcus getting warmed up, he’s always smiling.

"I don’t like players smiling too much. You smile when you do score, when you do something.

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"Every time I see him in the warm-up he’s laughing or smiling. You’re going to war.

"You’re fighting for your future, start smiling when you score a goal, or you do something that affects the game, or gets people off their seats.

"Laughing all the time in a warm-up… come on."

Here's more of Keane's pet peeves – with some having us in stitches.

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Players swapping shirts

It's tradition now to see players trading their jerseys for their rivals after and sometimes even before games.

But Keane isn't having it, although he did bend the rules once in his career – which he calls one of his biggest regrets.

"I've asked one player to swap a jersey, which I regret," Keane told Gary Neville's The Overlap podcast.

"We played Germany with Ireland, pre World Cup 94 in a friendly. It was after the game, and we beat them to be fair.

"He was walking off and I was only being polite. It was the sweeper, [Matthias] Sammer, and he said no. I went 'ya f****** prick' anyway.

"That was it. I just thought 'I shouldn't be asking anybody'. I was only being polite, it's not that I wanted his jersey."

Touching the Anfield sign

Few would call touching the Anfield sign at Liverpool "chilidish"… except Keano, of course.

When covering a game for ITV alongside Ian Wright, the Arsenal legend revealed he followed that tradition – but out of his team mate's sight.

But when Keane asked if he had also touched the sign, he stated: "Of course not. There'd be no point.

"It's okay, it's a tradition for the English [Liverpool] players but not for the opposition players. I'm not sure why you touched it Wrighty. I think it's silly, it's childish.

Prawn sandwiches

As a player, Keane was just as opinionated. Just ask the prawn sandwich brigade.

During an infamous rant, he slammed his own supporters at Old Trafford over the atmosphere in the ground.

"Away from home our fans are fantastic, I’d call them the hardcore fans," Keane said.

"But at home they have a few drinks and probably the prawn sandwiches, and they don’t realise what’s going on out on the pitch.

"I don’t think some of the people who come to Old Trafford can spell ‘football’, never mind understand it."

Talking in the tunnel

Infamously, Keane got into a tunnel spat with Patrick Vieira before an Arsenal v Man Utd game, so it's clear he doesn't abide by a friendly chat as the teams line up side-by-side.

What really annoyed him was minutes before United and Liverpool, two fierce rivals, went head-to-head the opposition players were in jovial spirits chatting to each other.

"I’m disgusted with the players. You’re going to war, they’re hugging and kissing," Keane began.

"Don’t even look at the opposition. You’re going into battle against them.

"The game hasn’t changed that much, the players have changed. You’re going to war against these players and they’re hugging each other. Chat to them after the game, or don’t even chat to them after the game."

American club owners

Today's Premier League sides, including Arsenal, Man Utd and Liverpool boast American owners.

However, Keane doesn't like them at all – insisting they want managers with tans and nice teeth, which could see you in favour.

“It seems to be coming into the game, more so in England with the amount of foreign owners. Particularly the Americans," he said.

"They seem to love a coach who’s got the whistle around his neck, a clipboard and a tan, and really white teeth. That gives you a chance.”

His wife

Now we're sure this was tongue-in-cheek because Roy has been happily married for over 20-years to longterm love, Theresa.

He had TV viewers creasing up when he reacted to Chelsea team mates Mason Mount, Ben Chilwell and Billy Gilmour catching up ahead of England and Scotland's Euros clash last year for 20 minutes.

"The only thing I would be critical of is why would you want to speak to an opposition player for 20 minutes?

"I don't care if he's your teammate or not. For over 20 minutes?

"I very rarely speak to anybody for over five minutes. After a game when you've been to war with somebody, why would you want to chat to somebody for that long?

"I think they could have used a bit more common sense. I rarely want to speak to anyone for five minutes."

Host Mark Pougatch then queried: "I hope your wife gets more than five minutes?"

To which Keane replied: "No, never."

Hilariously, Keane also cropped Theresa out of an Instagram post, wishing her "Happy birthday to my first wife x" in a hilarious share.


As Sunderland boss, Keane was dismayed by the music playlist booming from the dressing room.

It was Swedish mega group ABBA who were in the firing line, as well as his stars this time.

"The last song before the players went on to the pitch was ‘Dancing Queen’ by Abba.

"What really worried me was that none of the players – not one – said: ‘Get that s*** off.’ They were going out to play a match, men versus men, testosterone levels were high.

"You’ve got to hit people at pace. F****** ‘Dancing Queen.’ It worried me. I didn’t have as many leaders as I thought."

Paul Pogba

France World Cup winner is everyone's cup of tea. And it bothered Keane that Pogba was chatting to his brother continuously during a United clash with Saint Etienne.

"The boy, Pogba, he’s a bit of a free spirit, a bit of a character. But I think it was a little bit over the top tonight – before the game and at half-time," Keane said.

"They’ve spoke more tonight than I have to any of my brothers in the last five years. All this stuff before and after the game. It’s a lot of nonsense – but that’s the modern player, I’m afraid."

The colour blue

He played in red, green, green and white hoops… but when it comes to blue, not a chance.

Simply puts, he hates the colour – and entertains that he might be being childish.

“I don’t like f*****’ blue. City were blue. Rangers were blue. My biggest rivals were blue. Is that childish? Keane once asked.

"I couldn’t feel it – the chemistry."

Budweiser ads and Robbie Savage

Roy Keane liked the look of Robbie Savage as a player, however he was put off signing him instantly when he tried to call him and was met with a voicemail of the Welshman mimicking the famous Budweiser adverts.

“It went to his voicemail: ‘Hi, it’s Robbie – whazzup!’ like the Budweiser ad," Keane said.

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"I never called him back. I thought: ‘I can’t be f****** signing that.'"

So Savage stayed at Blackburn.

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