The Republic of Ireland will be hoping to claim all three points on Tuesday night at the Aviva as they welcome group leaders Serbia with the race to Russia next summer hotting up.
One man, in particular, looking to upset the Irish is Manchester United’s latest recruit in the heart of midfield, Nemanja Matic. The ex-Chelsea man is looking forward to meeting Roy Keane, a Manchester United legend and someone whose successful career he hopes to emulate at Old Trafford.
As quoted on Sky Sports, the 29-year-old 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.
“I tried to take something from lots of players to improve myself and of course Roy Keane was one of those players.
“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.”
Matic is now occupying the midfield role Keane vacated in 2005 under a cloud after a falling out with Sir Alex Ferguson at the time.
The two-time Premier League winner’s early form in the red of United has been positive with maximum points on the board after his surprising £40 million move from rivals Chelsea.
The former Benfica man will be hoping for another three points on Tuesday night as Serbia hope to extend their lead atop Group D to five points in what will be a crucial game that could go a long way to deciding who from Group D will be heading to Russia next summer.
Damien McEvoy, Pundit Arena