10 victims of 'killer' Roy Keane's most vicious one-liners

‘Swinging punches’ at David de Gea, ‘idiot’ Kyle Walker, ‘most overrated player on the PLANET’ Jack Wilshere… and don’t forget ‘dumb and dumber’!: Here are 10 victims of ‘killer’ Roy Keane’s most vicious one-liners

  • Roy Keane has gained a reputation for his scathing punditry one-liners
  • ITV and Sky Sports pundit never fails to hold back, much like his time as a player
  • Here, Sportsmail has compiled a list of 10 players who have been stung by Keane
  • Paul Pogba, Kyle Walker, Jack Wilshere, Harry Maguire and Dele Alli make the cut

‘He can kill someone, finish someone off,’ were the words of Jamie Carragher as he crowned Roy Keane the ‘master with one line’ this week.

The Manchester United enforcer-turned-pundit has earned himself a reputation of being as hard with his words off the pitch as he was in his playing style on it.

Here, Sportsmail takes a look at 10 recipients of his famous takedowns, to see just who has been ‘killed’ by the Irishman’s sharp tongue during his career in punditry…

Roy Keane has gained a reputation for his scathing one-liners on punditry duty for Sky and ITV

 As a player for Manchester United, enforcer Keane was the same, taking no prisoners

The most recent recipient of a Keane rant is Manchester City and England defender Kyle Walker, who felt his full wrath during a difficult display against Liverpool at the weekend.

After a few mistakes in the first half, Keane took aim during the break, before going at him again at full time. 

What Keane said: ‘Mane is up against an idiot. People think Kyle Walker is playing well. I don’t think so, he keeps making mistakes. He’s an international, 30 years old and he’s a car crash.

‘It was daft and crazy defending but then it’s the second part when he dangles his leg, he knows he’s going to give away a penalty. 

‘I’ve watched him over the years and I think he’s got that in his locker; that daftness to make idiotic decisions. And when he compounded his first mistake with the second one I wasn’t that bit surprised.’ 

Kyle Walker clumsily challenged Sadio Mane in the first-half, catching him with his knee

Walker was left frustrated after the referee awarded a penalty, which Mo Salah converted

Paul Pogba

Let’s be clear, it isn’t just once that Keane has hit out at United midfielder Pogba, but this is just one of the more forceful examples.

Speaking in the wake of the Frenchman’s claim that he and his team-mates would perform better following a 4-0 drubbing at the hands of Everton in 2019, Keane was having none of it.

What Keane said: ‘I wouldn’t believe a word he says. There’s no meaning behind it. I don’t even think he believed it himself.

‘He said how it got a bit heated after the loss at Everton, I heard they were actually throwing their hair gel at each other, it got that heated…

‘He’s a big problem for United.’

Paul Pogba is a ‘big problem’ for United, according to Keane’s rant about the Frenchman

Adam Lallana

Perhaps one of the more surprising recipients of Keane’s criticism is Adam Lallana, now of Brighton but formerly of Liverpool.

Keane referenced his strength on the ball, and produced a remarkable comment which, unsurprisingly, was a huge hit on social media… 

What Keane said: ‘I think Everton in a strange way will be a tougher test than the Liverpool game because I think Lallana was in midfield the other night for Liverpool and my daughter’s probably stronger than him.’ 

During his time at Liverpool, Keane joked that his ‘daughter is probably stronger’ than Lallana

Jack Wilshere 

Back during his time with Arsenal in 2018, Jack Wilshere put in a rather underwhelming display in the heart of midfield against Swedish side Ostersunds. 

In his punditry shift for ITV that night, Keane didn’t hold back in his criticism of the once-hailed England midfielder’s Europa League display.

What Keane said: ‘Where do I start… I think Arsenal are a great example on how not to start a game of football. 

‘We can talk about being a shambles but they’re so slow out of the blocks – poor attitude. The manager summed it up. No energy, no desire, you’re looking for your senior players to lead by example.

‘I always think, when Wilshere’s your captain, to me, probably the most overrated player on the planet.’

Jack Wilshere was hugely talented coming through the ranks, but Keane called him overrated

Danny Rose 

Danny Rose is another player that Keane has taken aim at numerous times in the past, and here are two examples for both club and country.

Both times taking in one of Rose’s defensive partners – firstly Phil Jones and secondly Serge Aurier – it’s clear that the Manchester United legend doesn’t rate his defensive capabilities particularly highly.

What Keane said on Rose and Jones: ‘If you’re making the same mistakes every week, it’s going to continue. They are not going to change, Rose and Jones, because they are just not good at defending, they are not good defenders.

‘They are working with some great coaches. If their coaches aren’t going to change them, they are going to keep doing it and they are going to cost you big style.’

What Keane said on Rose and Aurier: ‘Dumb and dumber, I’d call them. I thought they were really poor. I thought they were a joke.’

Keane isn’t a big fan of Danny Rose, taking aim at his defending during the 2018 World Cup

Jesse Lingard

As a former United midfielder, Keane is often asked to comment on the club’s current crop, and Lingard is one man who has been on the end of plenty of criticism from Keane and others in recent years.

Speaking in December 2018, Keane took exception to Lingard’s decision to launch his new clothing range on the week of United’s game with Liverpool.

What Keane said: ‘If there was a good, strong dressing room that would not be tolerated. That is why I worry about the United dressing room. That wouldn’t be tolerated in a good dressing room. 

‘For a young player, who is still learning his trade. Again, he could be the nicest kid in the world, I don’t know the lad.

‘But if you are coming out with all that nonsense, people say you should have other stuff outside of football, I don’t think you should!

‘I think football should be your No 1 priority. It should be. Focus on the game, don’t hide behind your cars, or your tattoos or your girlfriends or your agent, play the game.’

Keane took offence to Jesse Lingard’s timing in releasing his new clothing range back in 2018

Dele Alli 

Dele Alli’s drop-off in form since the heights of his Tottenham and England career have been well-documented, and Keane took aim during a long discussion on Sky Sports involving Gary Neville and Graeme Souness.

The chat, from October 2019, surrounded what had happened to Alli and why he isn’t still at the level that he was earlier in his career. 

What Keane said: ‘Very, very poor. I looked at him when he was coming through, and thought “this kid’s got a chance”. He’s a great example to a lot of footballers, you take your eye off the ball and lose the hunger, that’s what we saw today. 

‘Dele Alli, in a sense, is a great example to other footballers… when you lose that hunger, it’s hard to get it back. He thought he was a player, thought he’d achieved something, but today he was non-existent.’ 

Keane believed Dele Alli was a great player when he burst through but has since slammed him 


Back to yet another Keane masterclass about yet another United midfielder who has not quite lived up to expectations.

Fred endured a, let’s say, ‘difficult’ performance in his side’s 2-0 defeat by rivals City back in April 2019, and Keane was so bewildered by the Brazilian that he later claimed he had ‘cheated’.

What Keane said: ‘I don’t know what happened at half-time, City came out sharper and brighter. The basics in football, getting to people… the City players couldn’t believe how easy it was. 

‘Look at Fred for the goal. That’s not giving your all, that’s cheating. What he done was cheating, letting the guy run off him.’

Fred ‘cheated’ in United’s derby defeat by rivals Manchester City, according to Keane on Sky

David de Gea (and Luke Shaw and Harry Maguire)

This might just be Keane’s defining moment as a pundit. After a poor Luka Shaw clearance, Steven Bergwijn waltzed past Harry Maguire and then beat David de Gea at his near post to give Tottenham the lead against United back in June.

Keane was so incensed at the trio’s defending that he then launched into a truly unforgettable tirade. The thing is, it’s perfectly believable that Keane really would be punching De Gea if he were in that United dressing room… 

What Keane said: ‘I’m shocked at that goal, I’ve watched a lot of football over the years but I’m fuming there.

‘I can’t believe Shaw heading the ball up in the air. I’m staggered at Maguire. I’m sick to death of this goalkeeper.

‘I would be fighting him at half time, I would be swinging punches. This is an established international goalkeeper.’

Keane continued his rant and even suggested the trio should not be allowed back on the team bus after the game.

‘You’ve got to impose your personality on the game. Maguire and De Gea, I wouldn’t let them on the bus after the match. Shocking. I’m disgusted with it. Maguire, De Gea you should hang your heads in shame.’

Keane said he was ‘sick’ of David de Gea (second left) and Harry Maguire (centre)  ‘staggered him’ after the pair were at fault for Steven Bergwijn’s goal for Tottenham back in June

Nicolas Pepe

Away from Manchester United and England, Arsenal have also come in for plenty of criticism from Keane and other Sky Sports pundits.

Speaking about the big-money Ivory Coast star in post-match analysis of the 1-1 draw against Manchester United last year, the Irishman let rip and listed what he didn’t like about him…

What Keane said: ‘I’m disappointed with him since he arrived at the club. He needs to do a lot more. His work rate, his lack of quality, end product, his body language. 

‘He just didn’t seem up for the fight tonight.’

Nicolas Pepe cost Arsenal £72m but after his arrival Keane said he ‘didn’t seem up for the fight’

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