Manchester United legend Roy Keane has never been known as a sensitive soul.
The former United captain is more famous for big tackles and even bigger rows with team-mates, managers and the opposition.
But Aston Villa striker Conor Hourihane has shed some light on the softer side of Keane.
In an interview with The Sunday Times, Hourihane revealed how Keane, who was managing Sunderland at the time, persuaded him to join the North East club.
“Roy said, ‘We really want you to join, we’re going up and up’. He knew the Uniteds and Liverpools were in for me. He said there is no need to go there for money. He would have been a big influence without a doubt,” Hourihane said.
And Hourihane insists Keane helped him settle into life in England as a teenaged budding superstar.
“When I got there, he looked after me. I look at 16-year-olds now and when I go home I say ‘how did you allow me to move to another country?’ The lad I lived with in digs was Irish. Roy helped me settle into English life and that was just another step on the ladder to where I am now,” Hourihane added.
Hourihane didn’t become the world-beater he may have been tipped to become, but he does appear to be finding his form this season with Aston Villa, where’s he’s scored four goals in four games this season.