Former Nottingham Forest and Manchester United star‘s view on COVID-19 lockdown.

Updated: Mar 26

Man Utd great Roy Keane makes rare admission on COVID-19 shutdown.

Roy Keane misses football dreadfully. [Sky Sports Screenshot]

Manchester United and Nottingham Forest legend Roy Keane says he would have found it really difficult to cope with the coronavirus lockdown if it happened while he was still a professional footballer.

The 2019-20 campaign came to a halt due to the COVID-19 chaos, and on Monday night

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the nation is effectively on lockdown as he urged people to stay at home in a bid to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

The Premier League season has been suspended until April 30 at the least, but it’s still not clear when football will be able to resume, though the football authorities have promised to complete the current season.

However, Keane acknowledges “health” is really vital at this point in time but admits he is misses football matches "dreadfully".

"It just has to go on the back burner for a few months," the former Forest and United star told Sky Sports.

"Hopefully, this will pass over the next few months and we'll get back watching the game and loving the game.

"I'm certain I would have struggled, when as a player. I'm missing it dreadfully now but obviously that's just from the outside looking in.

"It must be difficult for players out there - but, again, we have to look at the bigger picture.

"People's health is at stake, people are dying, and it's a difficult time for everyone.

"But hopefully, it will pass and we get through it."

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