Date: 26th March 2007 at 3:00pm
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Roy Keane directed a surprisingly soft criticism towards Ireland’s key players last week and Ryan Giggs believes his former teammate will always tell what he thinks.

Ireland beat Wales on Saturday but the press is still full about how Roy attacked the FAI for being biased towards players from Dublin and he criticised coach Steve Staunton for being too loyal to the officials of FAI.

He also said that some of Ireland’s key players were not performing on a consistent level recently and they should not be included on the basis of name only. Hard to argue with that but as these comments reminded a lot of people of his outburst on MUTV in November 2005, they instantly made the headlines. Ryan Giggs, of course, is not surprised by the outspoken nature of his former colleague.

‘I can only speak from playing alongside Roy as a player,’ Giggs said.

‘The standard he sets for himself, he expects other players around him to have those same standards.

‘That is what he was like as a player and that is what he is like as a manager now. Roy will never change, he is a winner, it is as simple as that.

‘Roy was our captain and our leader. We fully respected him and still do. He had that knack of getting the best out of people and getting the best out of players.

‘He was like that as a player and it looks like he is doing that now as a manager at Sunderland.’

These things are well-known about Roy but it was relatively new for me that he could heap praise on someone via the press – and I did not expect to him to join the admirers of Cristiano Ronaldo but he did exactly that.

‘If you had asked me two or three years ago I would have told you he could go on to be the best player in the world.

‘I thought that would happen after he had been playing over a longer period of time, but his form this season has been a different class.

‘The skills Ronaldo has are frightening. He is an entertainer and fans at United love that.

‘It is great to see and they are the type of players you would pay to watch.’