Danny Higginbotham and Tim Howard discuss just how good and how tough a leader Roy Keane was in the centre of midfield for Manchester United, leading the Red Devils to massive wins in big, big games.
Tim Howard: “He was the greatest leader I’ve ever been around,” Howard said on NBC. “He was so singularly focused on winning. He didn’t care about the money, the glitz and the glamour. He didn’t have an agent.
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“Watching him go to a place mentally prior to a game was one of the scariest things I’ve ever seen.
“He’s the scariest individual I’ve probably ever been around, but the greatest leader I’ve ever seen in sports.”
Danny Higginbotham: “I made my debut against Leicester City,” Higginbotham recalled. “The first challenge I went into was against Emile Heskey, the star man for Leicester City at the time. I was really happy with myself.
“I passed the ball and Roy Keane was just looking at me with a stare. He just looked at me and went, ‘That was your chance to make a mark on Emile Heskey and let him know you’re in the game.’
“That’s how everybody looks at Roy Keane. But if you speak to any of his teammates they’ll tell you he was one of the best passers of the ball as well.
“I saw him so many times as a United player drag that team. He would grab the team and grab the game by the scruff of the neck and just lead it in United’s direction.”