ROY KEANE has admitted his “embarrassing” fitness levels are the reason why he has turned down legends matches.
The Manchester United icon hung up his boots aged 34 back in 2006 after one season with Celtic.
And on the face of it he has continued to keep himself in good shape more than a decade on from his final match as a player.
However, Keane, 51, has now revealed that he is incredibly unfit and even struggles to run.
Speaking to Off The Ball, he said: “I’m not fit. I’m far from fit. My fitness levels are actually very, very embarrassing.
“Just because I’ve not put on loads of weight doesn’t mean to say I’m fit. I wouldn’t really be able to do any running.
“Put it this way, I’ve been invited a number of times over the last few years to play legends games or whatever you want to call it.
“I’d find it really difficult because I wouldn’t be able to get around. Too many injury problems.
“I try to have a decent diet and I’m obviously weary about putting on too much weight.
“But I certainly wouldn’t be fit enough to go on any sort of run. I do a small bit of cycling but even that – I’m not exactly Sean Kelly.”
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Keane returned to TV screens last weekend as the Premier League season got underway.
And he immediately slammed former club United for their dismal 2-1 home defeat to Brighton on Sunday.
The straight-talking Irishman pulled no punches in his analysis of the Red Devils’ performance, particularly focusing on the midfield pair of Scott McTominay and Fred.
He said: “The [lack of] decision-making and football intelligence from midfield, particularly Fred.
“I’ve been going on about it for a long time – Fred and McTominay are not good enough.
“They won’t get Manchester United back competing at the top. We see it week in, week out. They’re not up to it.”
United have had an offer for Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot accepted, although they are yet to agree personal terms.