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“In my last year at United, because I wanted to become a manager — and because I always got in really early — the boss allowed me to go up and sit in the trainers’ room and have a cup of tea and chat with them. This morning in pre-season, they were chatting about Keaney. He was telling them what the price was going to be and he was asking them their opinion, whether they should go for it or not. And I just joined in with the conversation and went, ‘Look gaffer, I’ve played against him quite a few times and I’d definitely pay that price for him’. I think the boss had already made his mind up at the time that he was going to sign him but it was just a matter of getting back up from his staff.”