Man Utd legend Yorke tells ‘offensive’ Roy Keane to quit ranting and says Irish hardman ‘wasn’t perfect’ either


FORMER Manchester United star Dwight Yorke has blasted old team-mate Roy Keane for his “offensive” rants.

The latest of these came after United drew 1-1 with Tottenham in their first game back of Project Restart in which keeper David De Gea allowed a Steven Bergwijn effort go straight through him.

Keane, who played for United for 12 season between 1993 and 2005, slammed De Gea as “overrated”, said that he would be “swinging punches at him” .

The fiery Irishman then said that he should be forced to “get a taxi back to Manchester” instead of the team bus.

Now Yorke, who played with Keane for six seasons at Old Trafford and was his first signing at Sunderland, has called on the 48-year-old to “tone it down a bit”.

The former Trinidad and Tobago international has previously described Keane as “his worst enemy” and said that he “lives and dies by the sword”.

We all make mistakes, he wasn’t perfect and he made mistakes along the way

Speaking after Keane’s withering assessment of De Gea, Yorke said: “You’ve just got to take it on the chin when it comes to Keane.

“He says what he wants to say, some people buy into it some people don’t.

“Maybe the way he delivers it gets under people’s skin a little bit, we all make mistakes, he wasn’t perfect and he made mistakes along the way.

“Nobody came down as hard on Keane when he made a mistake. He has to tone that back a little bit.”

Keane retired from football in 2006, and took his first managerial job with Sunderland two years later.

He got the Black Cats promoted to the Premier League but his tenure saw his strict man-management called into question.

He went on to manage Ipswich before taking the assistant job with Ireland, Nottingham Forest and Aston Villa.

And Yorke, 48, believes Keane’s no-holds barred and “offensive” approach affected his time in management.

He added: “It was maybe one of his downfalls I recognise in his managerial career is that the way we deliver this kind of approach to players can be quite offensive.

“They might need a rollicking, but there is a way you go about it, how you go about it.

“I look at Keane from the past and think it is just the way how he says some things that people do not take lightly and really get upset by it.

I dread to think when you are in the dressing room how players will react there

“My observation – David De Gea, it was a huge mistake against Tottenham when he played and he made some errors along the way, just like all of us.

“But as an ex player you’ve got to be careful, at the end of the day you make similar mistakes along the way and you probably don’t get half the verbal when you’re dishing it out.”

Yorke likened Keane to old-school managers like “the Brian Cloughs, Ron Atkinsons and Sir Alex Fergusons” and believes the modern game needs a more measured approach to man-management

He added: “Keane, you can only laugh when he is saying these things. But I dread to think when you are in the dressing room how players will react there.

“I’m not saying you ought not to rollick people and deliver that type of aggression towards players, but it is the way and how you go about it.

“That’s probably Keane’s problem, he doesn’t know HOW to deliver it. He was right with the error, he was correct in the mistake.

“But it is his delivery that makes people sit up and think, ‘wow’ and does raise a few eyebrows.”

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