Roy Keane becomes second Man Utd player inducted to Premier League Hall of Fame

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Manchester United hero Roy Keane has been inducted into the Premier League Hall of Fame.

The Irishman is the fourth Premier League legend to join the Hall of Fame after Alan Shearer, Thierry Henry and fellow Red Devils maverick Eric Cantona, who was revealed on Tuesday morning.

Keane was synonymous with Sir Alex Ferguson's golden era at Old Trafford, making 366 top-flight appearances and winning seven Premier League titles during his 12 seasons at the club.

And the former all-action midfielder was keen to recognise the contributions of his old team-mates in receiving his latest accolade.

"I feel very lucky to be inducted but I’ve only been inducted because of the players I’ve played with," Keane said.

Keane joined United from Nottingham Forest in 1993 for what was then a British-record fee of around £3.75m – and the significance of the deal has not been lost on the Irishman.

"Signing for Manchester United and walking into a brilliant dressing room [was the highlight of my career]," Keane revealed.

But he reserved special praise for his boss at Forest, Brian Clough, who brought him from Cobh Ramblers to the top division of English football in 1990.

"Brian Clough [was my biggest influence] for signing and giving me my debut and his advice before my debut was telling me: control the ball, pass it to my team-mate and run," he said. "That was the foundation of my career."

Keane and United enjoyed a memorable rivalry with Arsenal during the late 1990 and early 2000s, with the two Premier League heavy weights regularly slugging it out at the top of the table – and on the pitch.

Yet the footballer-turned-pundit believes the biggest challenge for United players came not from Highbury, but from their very own dressing room.

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