Roy Keane has a new autobiography out, you may have heard about it. In the book, Manchester United's former captain has once again assessed various notable moments in his career in typically acerbic and, at times vitriolic, style.
Class of 92 targeted
Nobody, it would appear, is safe from caustic Keane, not even Manchester United’s heralded Class of 92, who the Irishman claims have had their role in the club’s dominance, including that treble of 1999, ‘exaggerated’.
Keane also disagrees with the public perception of Old Trafford legend and former teammate Paul Scholes, who he believes is not the shy and retiring character he has been portrayed to be over the past two decades.
“He [Paul Scholes] was a top, top player. But I still don’t fall for the boy-next-door image, or that he’s dead humble,” Keane wrote, as revealed by The Guardian.
“He has more of an edge to him. Everyone thinks he lives in a council flat.”
Keane adds: “The Class of ’92 – all good players, but their role at the club has become exaggerated. ‘Class of 92’ seems to have grown its own legs; it has become a brand.
“It’s as if they were a team away from the team, and they’re not shy of plugging into it. We all had the same aims; we all had the hunger.”
Keane’s evaluation of Scholes would seem to hold more weight now the latter has retired from Manchester United duty for good and taken up a position as a pundit, with the former England international notable in his stinging opinions on various players and teams. Not too dissimilar to Keane, really.
Scholes only began the second phase of his career in earnest last season but has already upset Wayne Rooney, Jack Wilshere and all of Manchester City. Not bad going for someone who had hardly spoken publicly for 20 years.
On Rooney, Scholes claimed that the now United and England captain is already past his best while, quite the opposite with Wilshere, said that the Arsenal midfielder has failed to fulfil any of his early promise.
Manchester City and their supporters were the most recent target for Scholes, who slammed the club’s inability to attract fans to the Champions League encounter with Roma at the Etihad Stadium last week.