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Nemanja Matic reveals admiration for Manchester United 'legend' Roy Keane

MANCHESTER, United Kingdom:  (FILES) Irish international footballer Roy Keane leaves the field after his Testimonial soccer match between Manchester United
Image: Roy Keane won seven Premier League titles with Manchester United

Nemanja Matic has revealed he is looking forward to meeting Roy Keane on Tuesday, after revealing his longstanding admiration for the former Manchester United captain.

The pair will be on opposite sides in Dublin as the Republic of Ireland host Serbia in a key top-of-the-table clash in World Cup Qualifying Group D, live on Sky Sports Football.

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Matic is now occupying Keane's old role in central midfield for United and he revealed the Irish assistant manager is one of the players he has based his game on.

Nemanja Matic, Swansea City v Manchester United, Premier League
Image: Nemanja Matic has made a bright start to his Manchester United career

Speaking ahead of the game at the Aviva Stadium, Matic said: "Everybody knows that Roy Keane is a legend of Manchester United - he was a very important player for a long time.

"When I was young and started to follow football, he was at his best at Manchester and was one of the best midfielders in the league.

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"I tried to take something from lots of players to improve myself and of course Roy Keane was one of those players.

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"He's a legend in Manchester and I'll be happy to see him and have a chat. I'm happy that I play at the same club that he played."

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