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Roy Keane not expecting 'hugs and kisses' from Man United on his return to Old Trafford

Roy Keane not expecting 'hugs and kisses' from Man United on his return to Old Trafford

Sunderland coach Roy Keane is not expecting a warm welcome when he returns to former club Manchester United on Saturday.
United is already five points behind Premier League leader Chelsea after four games of the season.
"I'm not expecting hugs and kisses," Keane said Friday. "Alex Ferguson will want to beat me and Sunderland as much as anyone else."
Keane spent 12 years at United being tutored by Ferguson, and despite winning seven Premier League titles and four FA Cups from 1993-2005, is ready for a hostile atmosphere.
"They will be going at us from the first minute, trying to get points," Keane said. "There won't be a red carpet rolled out for me. We will try to approach it in the same way as any other game."
Man United is 10th in the table with five points after picking up its first win of the season last Saturday against Tottenham. Sunderland is 16th with four points and on a three-game losing streak.
Keane has just marked his first year as a manager and Ferguson believes his future is bright.
"Some people can't make decisions," Ferguson said. "Roy can. He is a good decision maker."
Ferguson also said Keane, a tough-tackling and fiery midfielder, was his best investment in 21 years of managing United.
"I always felt there was a bit of myself in Roy," Ferguson said. "He did not have the ability of someone like Eric Cantona or Ryan Giggs or Paul Scholes but he had this fire in his stomach which gets them there.
"He was not the quickest player but he was always first to the ball. In terms of sheer influence, he was the best player I have ever had."
Chelsea leads the standings with 10 points, followed by Manchester City with nine and Wigan, Liverpool, Everton and Arsenal with seven.
Also Saturday, it's: Fulham vs. Tottenham; Reading vs. West Ham; Newcastle vs. Wigan; Middlesbrough vs. Birmingham; and Liverpool vs. Derby.
On Sunday, Arsenal hosts Portsmouth, Manchester City is at Blackburn and Chelsea visits Aston Villa.
Chelsea has not won at Aston Villa since March 1999.
Villa Park is the only Premier League ground where Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has failed to win since he arrived in 2004, with the Blues drawing six and losing two in the league, and losing in the League Cup in December 2003.
Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill is hoping the streak continues.
"The lads are in really good spirits, the boys are in fine fettle and relishing the challenge of Sunday against what is a very fine side," he said. "The players are in good heart."
Michael Owen scored his first goal for Newcastle in 20 months in a 2-0 win over Barnsley in the second round of the League Cup on Wednesday.
Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce is unsure if Owen will face Wigan, knowing that the striker will likely start in England's two European Championship qualifiers on Sept. 8 and 12. Owen, who has only made 17 appearances for Newcastle in two years because of a series of injuries, is keen to turn out for his club.
"Newcastle is very important to me," Owen said. "Hopefully I can play some part on Saturday as well and do well, and if I do that, hopefully I will get the call from England.
"But it is in that order. It is club first and you have got to do well for your club or you are not picked for your country."


Updated : 2021-05-09 07:50 GMT+08:00