Keane informed Man Utd ace ‘you may be taking part in pub footy quickly’ – and was nearly proper

Roy Keane as soon as informed a promising Manchester United teen he’d be taking part in pub soccer in a number of years – and he was almost proper.

The Irishman has by no means been one for taking prisoners, particularly in relation to folks not pulling their weight, and Scottish midfielder Michael Stewart bought it proper within the neck from the ex-United skipper. Stewart broke into the senior squad in 2000, however by 2003 he’d made only a handful of appearances for the membership, and Keane wasn’t about to let that fly.

Speaking on an episode of the Stick to Football podcast, delivered to you by SkyGuess, former Red Devils defender Rio Ferdinand stated he remembers Keane savagely chewing the teen out earlier than a coaching session.

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“We were sitting on the ledge where you do your leg swings before you go out to training, and he [Michael Stewart] was a young lad, Scottish international, he was there.

“I don’t know what triggered Roy, however I may hear him saying, ‘You’ll by no means make it, you. You’ll be taking part in for a pub group in a pair years’ time should you keep on the way in which you’re’.”

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Michael Stewart on the ball
Keane warned Stewart he’d be taking part in in a pub group if he did not buck up his concepts

“I was right,” Keane replied. “He ended up playing for Hibernian and Hearts. I was trying to motivate him.”

Stewart, now 43, left United on mortgage a number of months after his brutal dressing all the way down to get some first group soccer underneath his belt. He spent a 12 months at Nottingham Forest after which one other at Hearts earlier than becoming a member of Hibs completely in 2005.

Steward celebrating with Ruud van Nistelrooy and David Beckham
Stewart (R) performed simply eight occasions for Man Utd earlier than leaving for Hibbs in 2005

Roy Keane
Roy Keane stated he was “trying to motivate” Stewart

The Edinburgh-born star, who earned 4 caps for Scotland, did not fairly find yourself at a pub group as Keane predicted, however he did signal for impossible-to-pronounce-so-don’t-even-bother-attempting-it-seriously-I-tried-a-bunch-of-times-and-always-messed-it-up Genclerbirligi within the Turkish second tier again in 2010… so… there’s that.

Following a short stint again in England with Charlton, Stewart hung up his boots in 2011 aged simply 30 after struggling a sequence of debilitating accidents.