Roy Keane's best Manchester United XI – Beckham and Ronaldo in, but no Scholes or Giggs

For a new ITV4 documentary, 'Keane and Vieira: Best of Enemies', legendary Manchester United midfielder Roy Keane selected his personal best United XI. There were a couple of surprise inclusions, and a couple of notable omissions:

Peter Schmeichel. Credit: PA

Goalkeeper: Peter Schmeichel

Keane says: "Schemeichel was by far the best keeper I played with. Believe it or not we didn’t actually get on that well together… but he was an absolute top top goalkeeper."

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Right-back: Paul Parker

Keane says: "I played with Parker when he was in his prime – a top top defender. Gary [Neville] would be a little bit unlucky, but he'd be on the bench."

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Left-back: Denis Irwin

Keane says: "Denis was good at set pieces, could defend, trained properly… he's a good lad and he’s Irish, which always helps."

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Centre-half: Gary Pallister

Keane says: "I pick Pallister for his size, even though after two minutes of every game he looked like he'd been playing for an hour!"

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Centre-half: Jaap Stam

Keane says: "A top centre-half and a tough guy."

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Central midfield: Paul Ince

Keane says: "I played with Incey in his prime. People tend to forget how good Incey was."

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Central midfield: Roy Keane

Keane says: "If I was gonna leave anybody out it would probably be myself for probably Scholesy."

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Right wing: David Beckham

Keane says: "I found it very hard to leave Becks out because of his work rate, the goals he gets, his assists, his set-play delivery."

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Left wing: Cristiano Ronaldo

Keane says: "He was a young player when he came to United. Great attitude, scores you goals for fun."

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Forward: Eric Cantona

Keane says: "Big character, again when he came to United, United had tried to win the league for many many years, they'd obviously won a few cups and Eric was just that difference. If you're going into battle against Arsenal then you want people like Eric in your team."

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Forward: Ruud van Nistelrooy

Keane says: "In terms of the finishers, Ruud Van Nistelrooy was the guy for that. When I saw him go through one-on-one with the goalkeeper I just knew it was a goal."

And Keane on leaving out Man Utd legend Ryan Giggs: "Having a great career doesn’t mean you’re a great player – I think there is a big difference. I’m not saying Giggsy wasn’t [great], but do I leave Ronaldo out? One of the worlds greatest players. Do I leave Becks out? I just couldn’t feel like I could leave Becks out."