Roy Keane and Sir Alex Ferguson just don’t like each other. That’s not breaking news, as both of them have taken several shots at the other since the Irish’ departure from Old Trafford back in 2005.
Ferguson publicly blasted Keane in his autobiography, while Kean has openly called him out every time he’s had the chance to do so, and it doesn’t look like this feud is going to end any time soon.
Keane went at it again during his recent interview, claiming Ferguson mistreated many players during his time as United’s boss, despite most people thinking he was a players’ coach:
“People talk about Ferguson’s man-management – don’t be kidded on by all of it.”I was at the club when Bryan Robson left, when Steve Bruce left, two brilliant servants for Manchester United, and I didn’t like the way they were treated,” the former captain told Off The Ball.
Nonetheless, the legendary midfielder dismissed the rumors about his infamous rant calling out most of his teammates was the main reason why Ferguson snubbed him off the team 14 years ago:
“We’d had loads of heated discussions over the years, sometimes as a team, but you’ve got to roll with that. We’re grown men fighting for the same thing. There’s going to be a bit of argy-bargy but I’m sure there are people here working in industries where things get heated. I didn’t leave the office that day thinking this was the end of my career at Manchester United, but if you think I’m going to sit there, I don’t care if its Alex Ferguson or the Pope… I’m going to fight my corner,” he added.
Notably, Keane continued his rant by claiming Sir Alex Ferguson didn’t always have the club’s best interests in mind and accused him of using his influence with the club to help his brother out:
“Ferguson came out afterwards and said he always did what was best by Manchester United. Nonsense. His son Darren played for the club and won a league medal. He was very lucky. (Feguson’s) brother was the chief scout for Manchester United for a long time. I’m surprised his wife wasn’t involved in the staff somewhere. Darren was (the manager) at Preston North End and lost his job. He had a couple of young players on loan from Manchester United, (and) guess what happens the next day? They’re pulled out of Preston. Is that doing the best for Manchester United? Do me a favor,” Keane concluded.
There’s no doubt there’s still a lot of bad blood between both of these legends, but at least, they all gave their best years and paved the way for the club to become one of the most successful teams in the history of soccer.