He is also one of Cristiano Ronaldo's harshest critics. He said on RTE after the Manchester United-SL Benfica UEFA Champions League game the way Ronaldo "clicks his heels", is the "most wicked thing in the game." In the same diatribe he branded Ronaldo "a simple cheat" and a "Poof ball". He also called Micahel Carrick a "nothing player". They both then proceeded to score two goals each in the match. Following the match Dunphy reluctantly praised the United performance. More recently, in an article he wrote for the Irish Daily Star, January 2008, Dunphy admitted that he "couldn't have been more wrong about Cristiano Ronaldo". He further claimed that Ronaldo "looks like the real deal", and concluded by saying: " Ronaldo is something special. I was wrong".
On Michael Carrick - " Carrick was signed for Spurs a few years back for Â£3m. That's the level he is at. He is a nothing player. He is one-paced. He doesn't have the personality to always get on the ball like a United player should. "
On Rio Ferdinand - " Ferdinand is a clown. He was a liability for the first goal and he is always a liability. It was Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink against Rio Ferdinand of Barclays Bank. "
On Fabio Cannavarro - "If Rio Ferdinand is worth Â£100,000 a week, then this guy is worth EUR100 million . . . . . a day"
On the Midfield - " United have nothing in midfield - they are a shambles.
On Samuel Eto'o - " He is a good finisher other then that he is pretty ordinary
On Barcelona - "After watching Watford against Manchester City last night that was like a bubblebath. It was beautiful."
On Roy Keane - "He's a gentleman. He's a class act. He's a rebel. And he stands up to bullies."
On Roy Keane - "He's right, he's right about everything!"
On Niall Quinn - "I'm not gonna address the Niall Quinn agenda,I think Niall Quinn is a creep" On Niall Quinn - "The man's an idiot, a Mother Theresa"
On Gary Doherty- "Doherty's head is better than his feet. If only he had three heads, one on the end of each leg."
On Liam Brady and the vacant Irish Job - "It would have to be a young, hungry fighter. that rules out everybody here."
On Harry Kewell - "Kewell should have been yanked off the pitch at half time and put in a hot bath, a boiling hot bath."
On Ireland in the 2002 World Cup - "I will be supporting Germany and Saudi Arabia in the contests ahead."
A promising footballer, he left Dublin while still a teenager to join Manchester United F.C. as an apprentice. Dunphy did not break into the first team at United and subsequently played for York City, Millwall, Charlton Athletic and Reading. It was at Millwall that Dunphy made the most impact, he was considered an intelligent and skilful player in Millwall's midfield. Dunphy played 23 times for the Republic of Ireland and remains Millwall's most capped International player. Dunphy was a member of "The Class of '71