"We were doubtful": Roy Keane claims he didn't think Gary Neville would last at Manchester United

Former Manchester United player Roy Keane during the Carabao Cup match between Nottingham Forest and Manchester United at the City Ground, Nottingham on Wednesday 25th January 2023.
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Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane has taken a humorous swipe at ex-colleague Gary Neville, telling him he didn't think he'd make it as a player in the first team.

Keane joined Manchester United in 1993 from Nottingham Forest, which coincided with the club bringing the Class of '92 through the Red Devils' academy. Gary Neville was one of a number of players including Ryan Giggs, David Beckham and Paul Scholes who all made it at Old Trafford as homegrown stars. 

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Mark White
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Mark White has been at on FourFourTwo since joining in January 2020, first as a staff writer before becoming content editor in 2023. An encyclopedia of football shirts and boots knowledge – both past and present – Mark has also represented FFT at both FA Cup and League Cup finals (though didn't receive a winners' medal on either occasion) and has written pieces for the mag ranging on subjects from Bobby Robson's season at Barcelona to Robinho's career. He has written cover features for the mag on Mikel Arteta and Martin Odegaard, and is assisted by his cat, Rosie, who has interned for the brand since lockdown.