We appointed Roy Keane as Man Utd boss right now – and he kept job for 12 years

Following damaging defeats against Liverpool and Man City in recent weeks, the pressure is on Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ahead of this weekend.

Historic rivals Liverpool dismantled United 5-0 at Old Trafford a few weeks ago.

But despite securing a win against Tottenham Hotspur in their following game, the Red Devils then sank to a new low with an embarrassing 2-0 home defeat against local rivals Manchester City, who toyed with Solskjaer's side.

Ahead of their match against Watford this weekend, United have been linked with Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers, Ajax manager Erik ten Hag and former Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane, as the pressure builds on Solskjaer.

Former United midfielder Roy Keane has been exasperated with some of the club's recent results, lashing out at players for their individual performances, with the likes of Harry Maguire, Fred and others feeling the pundit's wrath.

This got us thinking – what if Keane was appointed United manager? Would he be able to do a better job than Solskjaer?

To find out, we 'appointed' Keane as the new United manager on Football Manager 2022 to see how the Irish manager would do.

Roy Keane as Manchester United manager simulated

To set up this simulation, we simulated the 2021/22 season up until mid-November with United sitting on 17 points after 11 games.

We then replaced Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with Roy Keane and ran an ongoing simulation, to see how Keane's managerial spell at Old Trafford would pan out.

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These are the results, and they are truly stunning.

Keane's first change? Moving to a bog-standard 4-4-2, with two fast wingers and two central strikers, with Marcus Rashford on the left and Jadon Sancho on the right.

Following the conclusion of the 2021/22 campaign, here's how Keane's best performing XI looked.

United best XI under Keane in 2021/22: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Varane, Maguire, Shaw; Sancho, Fernandes, Pogba, Rashford; Ronaldo, Cavani.

Upfront, Keane rotated the likes of Edinson Cavani, Cristiano Ronaldo and Mason Greenwood.

In midfield, Paul Pogba, Scott McTominay and Bruno Fernandes played the majority of the games as a midfield two, with Fred completely frozen out.

And it worked.

Keane's best results included a 3-0 win against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, a 2-1 win at Anfield against Liverpool and a 2-1 home win against Chelsea.

Under Solskjaer, United won five of their opening 11 games, losing four, drawing two and winning four times. But under Keane, United would only lose twice in the following 27 games, winning 22 times and drawing only four times.

United's stunning form under Keane saw them, against all odds, win their first Premier League title since 2012/13, with the Reds winning 84 points from 38 games, two points ahead of Man City and three points ahead of Liverpool, in what was a three-way title race.

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Chelsea's strong early season form faltered badly but Arsenal's form improved dramatically, with Mikel Arteta's side securing a top-four finish.

In the cup competitions, Keane's side didn't do anything spectacular, getting out of the Champions League group stages only to lose to Barcelona in the First Knockout Round, whilst United reached the FA Cup semi-final only to lose to Man City.

But despite this, you'd have to say that Keane's first season in charge at the club, after only taking over from Solskjaer in November, was a superb achievement.

And it was just the start – with Keane going on to manage United for a further TWELVE years in our FM22 simulation.

Under Keane's management, United won 12 trophies in 12 years, winning the Premier League in 2021/22, 2024/25 and in 2029/30.

He would go on to manage United for 688 matches in all competitions, with Keane winning 449 of them with a win ratio of 65%.

Keane's United also won three Carabao Cups (2022/23, 2023/24, 2025/26), three Community Shields (2024/25, 2025/26, 2028/29), one FA Cup (2028/29) and one Europa League title (2027/28).

Keane's reign as United manager ran from November 2021 to November 2033, with Keane's lowest Premier League finishing position being third in both 2023/24 and 2025/26, followed by two consecutive fourth-place finishes in 2031/32 and 2032/33, which led to his sacking in November 2033.

United spent an astonishing £1.735 billion under Keane from 2021 to 2033, with Keane's most expensive signing and most expensive sale being the same player.

The Reds spent £84 million on Ajax midfielder Ryan Gravenberch in the summer of 2024, only to sell the Dutchman to Barcelona for £119 million in July 2028.

So who were the best performing players under Keane from 2021 till 2033? Here's an XI of the best overall players under the Irishman at Old Trafford.

Man United Best XI under Keane (2021-2033):Ugurcan Cakir; Wan-Bissaka, Araujo, Cisterna, Shaw; Sancho, Fernandes, Reyna, Rashford; Sesko, Greenwood.

Six of the XI best performing players are at United right now, with several of these stars having brilliant careers following his appointment.

Greenwood would go on to score 300 goals in 619 appearances for United, with Rashford scoring 131 in 465 games and Jadon Sancho scoring 105 goals in 627 appearances.

Overall, Football Manager 2022 predicts that Roy Keane would be a sensational appointment for Manchester United, should the Irishman replace Solskjaer at Old Trafford, however unlikely that might be at this stage.

This simulation also casts doubts over the managerial skills of Solskjaer, with Keane able to win 12 trophies in a 12-year spell.

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