Danny Murphy believes Roy Keane would be a good fit in Manchester United’s coaching team – but only if it gets the OK from boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The Irishman is available after leaving his role as Martin O’Neill’s assistant coach at Nottingham Forest.
It is understood Keane has left Forest because he wants to be a manager in his own right again, but Jim White believes he would make an exception to seal a return to Man United.
The talkSPORT host has urged the Red Devils to bring their former captain back to Old Trafford as part of Solskjaer’s backroom staff, saying he can help kick the current squad back into shape and competing for titles.
And Murphy believes there are too many ‘nice guys’ in Solskjaer’s backroom staff and could benefit from having a ‘bad cop’ in Keane.
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Speaking to Jim White on Monday morning, the former Liverpool midfielder said: “I actually see where you’re coming from.
“Roy Keane is very unique in the way he conducts himself, how forthright he is and he does understand the United way and he wouldn’t mess about.
“There doesn’t seem to be anyone under Solskjaer’s wing who has that fire and steel, they’re all a bit nodding dogs, but I don’t know Solskjaer so maybe has some steel himself.
“My feeling is, the best management teams I worked under, they have to be on the same page and in it together.
“But this is where I’m struggling with the concept -United have empowered Solskjaer with the job, so if you then start choosing his staff, you’ve got a problem.
“You’d be undermining him. If someone comes in who the manager doesn’t really want, you’ve got a problem already.
“If Solskjaer turns around and says, ‘I would love Roy Keane with me’, then you’ve got an exciting team.
“But the conversation between them would have to be, ‘look Roy, I’d love to have you with me, you can do things I can, but it’s my way’, and Keane would have to adhere to that.
“If Solskjaer does not want to do that, it can’t happen.
“But if he does, if I was Ed Woodward I would be saying,’ you’re the manager, if you want him, we’ll get him’.
“I mean, can it be any worse?
“I’m not saying do it, because it might not work, but what they’re doing now is not working.
“I don’t think the dynamic there at the moment is working – Carrick is a clever guy and a super footballer and you’ve got to respect Mike Phelan him, but they’ll all nice fellas.
“There’s room for someone like Roy Keane.”