Roy Keane’s relationship with Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United was left in tatters by an infamous MUTV interview which was destroyed before reaching the public.
The outspoken pundit was given the chance to test his eye for analysis while still a player at Old Trafford – but his final few months at the club were cut short following some choice comments.
Keane was chosen to take up punditry duties on MUTV during October of 2005 – but things didn’t go to plan as his faltering team-mates were hammered 4-1 by Middlesbrough.
In recent years the former Republic of Ireland midfielder has publicly criticised some of the actions of his former boss, most notably back in 2019.
Rio Ferdinand, Kieran Richardson, Edwin van der Sar, John O'Shea, Alan Smith and current United technical director Darren Fletcher were among those to be hammered by their colleague.
While the interview was cut from broadcast, Ferguson made the decision to watch the comments alongside players and staff in a failed bid to clear the air.
Ferguson said in his 2013 autobiography: "It was unbelievable. He slaughtered everyone. Darren Fletcher got it, Alan Smith. Van der Sar. Roy was taking them all down.
“I told him 'What you did in that interview was a disgrace, a joke. Criticising your teammates and wanting that to go out.' Roy’s suggestion was that we should show the video to the players and let them decide.
"The nature of the man you can expect that, that is the personality he has. But the reason was I had to explain what happened. It happened so quickly. He criticised his teammates.
“We could not release that video.”
Speaking at an Off The Ball event in 2019, Keane said: “I wished they played this video, it is propaganda, ‘we had to destroy it’. How do you even destroy a video?
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“I left with my head held up high, I was fine with my actions, I always felt my intentions were to do the best for Man United.”
Having written in his book, The Second Half: "I just wanted to do the right thing.
“I was apologising for what had happened – that it had happened. But I wasn’t apologising for my behaviour or stance. There’s a difference – I had nothing to apologise for.”
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