Roy Keane has revelaed that he would like to manage Manchester United one day.

The 31-year-old has conceded that a ongoing hip problem may force him end his playing days sooner than he anticipated.

Speaking to United’s television station MUTV, Keane admitted that he would like to go into management when he finally hangs up his boots.

‘It’s something I’ve thought about and it’s certainly something that appeals to me,’ he said.

‘I’ve been fortunate to work under two of the game’s great managers, in Brian Clough and Alex Ferguson, and the thought of being manager of Manchester United would be fantastic.

‘It’s a challenge that would really appeal to me, but I think the current manager will be here for a few years yet.’ Keane plans to use the intervening years to gain the qualifications he will require for the job.

‘I’ve spoken to one or two people in the game and I’m hoping to do my coaching badges in the next year or two while I’m still playing.’