Manchester United has been home for some of the greatest players in Irish football history and they do not come much better than Roy Keane. The former Manchester United captain may have had an up and down relationship with the Republic of Ireland national team, but he represented his country 68 times and always gave his all for the cause on the pitch.
However, the best moments of Keane’s career came in the red shirt of Manchester United. Playing in central midfield, Keane often took control of matches for his club, using both his skill as a footballer and his mentality as a winner. Keane won the Premier League title seven times with Manchester United, the FA Cup four times and the Champions League. He was named in the PFA Team of the Century for 1907 to 2007 and that sums up his contribution to Manchester United and the topflight of English football.
Keane was inducted to the Premier League Hall of Fame in 2021 and if Manchester United fans could have one player back in their team in 2021, it would probably be Roy Keane.
Prior to the Champions League success of 1998/99, during which Keane was hugely influential, you must go back to 1967/68 to find the previous European Cup success. Part of the team that defeated Benfica 4-1 at Wembley Stadium to win the European Cup in 1968 was Tony Dunne. The Irishman had ruptured his Achilles tendon in the quarter final against Gornik Zabrze but that did not stop Dunne from making an appearance in the final and helping Manchester United lift the trophy for the first time. Dunne won 33 caps for Republic of Ireland and was named captain four times. Dunne may not be the most famous name from Manchester United’s past glories, but the Irishman was a vital part of the successful team in the mid-to-late 1960’s.
Another Irishman who played an important role in the success of Manchester United in the 60’s was Shay Brennan. He played at full-back and made over 550 appearances for the club, winning two league titles and the European Cup. Brennan was part of the first Manchester United team to play after the Munich air disaster and will always be remembered for scoring two goals in the match against Sheffield Wednesday on what was an emotional night.
Remaining with defenders and we come to Dennis Irwin. The left-back was never the star man of the Manchester United team but could always be relied upon to produce a solid performance for the club. Irwin made 368 appearances for Manchester United and was good from set-pieces, scoring free-kicks and penalties. Irwin always kept his cool under pressure and if you are the same, you might want to check out Platin Casino online in Ireland, with the opportunity to play casino games against other people, with real dealers.
In addition to the above, some of the best Irish players to ever play for Manchester United include Paul McGrath, a fantastic central defender, John O’Shea, who could operate in both defence and midfield, Frank Stapleton, who scored 60 goals for the club, and Kevin Moran, who excelled at both Gaelic and association football.
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