The former Manchester United boss criticises Keane on that MUTV interview that was too damning to broadcast beyond the first-team squad
Sir Alex Ferguson has reignited his feud with Roy Keane by reserving the most brutal criticism in his book for his former Manchester United skipper. Ferguson branded Keane a bully in the United dressing-room, claimed he became a malevolent force in the dressing-room as his powers faded as a player and said he was never manager material.
Keane left United in acrimonious circumstances in November 2005 after the breakdown of his relationship with Ferguson, his team-mates and staff over the course of several months.
The uncompromising midfielder savaged his United team-mates in an MUTV interview deemed too damning to broadcast, which Ferguson said was the final straw in sealing his Old Trafford exit.
Ferguson, speaking at the launch of his book My Autobiography, recalled the meeting in which he told Keane he was leaving as “horrendous” but claimed his former leader on the pitch had left him no option with his conduct.
“Roy overstepped his mark, absolutely overstepped his mark,” said Ferguson at the launch of his autobiography.
“That’s the sort of personality he has. For some reason he decided to criticise his team-mates. He did it in a MUTV show but we couldn’t release that video.
“A few days later a few of the younger players were booed as a result of what he’d said. So we decided we had to do something.
“The meeting we had in that room was horrendous. But I just couldn’t lose the control of that situation.
“If I had let it pass, the players would have looked at me differently, much differently.
“I think it’s clear that I had to show I was strong enough to deal with issues like that.
“We paid up his contract and gave him a testimonial with a 75,000 crowd. We did everything we could to honour the fact he was a great player for us. In the infamous MUTV interview deemed too savage to broadcast, Keane described Kieran Richardson as a “lazy defender”, doubted “why people in Scotland rave about Darren Fletcher” and said of Rio Ferdinand “Just because you’re paid £120,000-a-week and play well for 20 minutes against Tottenham, you think you’re a superstar”.
Ferguson revealed how he went along with Keane’s suggestion that his MUTV interview should be shown to the entire squad, with their skipper present, to let them make up their minds about it. Goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar watched it and told Keane he was out of order with his criticism, and the meeting descended into a major row between team-mates, with many simply walking out.
He said in his new book My Autobiography: “The hardest part of Roy’s body is his tongue. He has the most savage tongue you can imagine. He can debilitate the most confident person in the world in seconds with that tongue.
“What I noticed about him that day when I was arguing with him was that his eyes started to narrow, almost to wee black beads. It was frightening to watch. And I’m from Glasgow.”
Ferguson revealed how, once he had decided he had to jettison Keane, the process of his departure was concluded swiftly. The remainder of Keane’s contract was paid up in full and he joined Celtic the following January, ending his playing career later that season at the age of 34.
Source : Mirror