Birthday boy and Manchester United legend, Roy Keane, turns 46 today. He had some big moments for Manchester United but nothing will come close to his goal against Juventus in the 1999 Champions League semi final.
The first 10 minutes of the encounter was horrific for United. They found themselves 2 down thanks to Zidane’s genius and Inzaghi’s finishing. But Roy Keane did not panic. He kept his cool and dominated the Juve midfield of Conte and Zidane. He scored to make the game 2-1 with a header from David Beckham’s floated in corner.
Football writer Andy Mitten puts it down as his favourite goal.
I’ve never felt as I did when Roy Keane equalised against Juventus in Turin in 1999. It wasn’t a particularly great individual goal, but for the first time in my life I felt like I was going to watch the team I supported in the European Cup final.
It was better than anything he’d felt watching football before.
And that felt better than anything I’d ever felt watching football before. I know I’m supposed to say Sheringham or Solksjaer’s efforts from a few weeks later, but you can’t help how you feel. As a kid, I cried when Norman Whiteside scored the winner in the 1985 FA Cup final.
The goal stirred a comeback for United, who won 3-2. Keane was suspended for the final but we all know how that turned out.
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