In the recent era of football, there are arguably none who eclipse the sheer brilliance of Sir Alex Ferguson and his contributions for Manchester United.
The gaffer’s genius and achievements are one for the history books and despite it being more than six years since he departed the Red Devils, his presence is sorely missed.
However, not everyone holds the manager in high regard and now criticism has come from a familiar face.
Roy Keane and Ferguson haven’t gelled well since their infamous fall-out in 2005.
In a recent interview, Kean reveals that the water still isn’t under the bridge.
Speaking to Off the Ball, Keane holds staunch opinions opposing the gaffer: “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.”
It is evident that the visible fall-outs that resulted in the player’s ousting have colored his image of the gaffer.
He goes on to add: “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. Ferguson came out afterwards and said he always did what was best by Manchester United. Nonsense.”
His critique didn’t end there as Keane also felt that Ferguson wasn’t as selfless as portrayed generally: “His son Darren played for the club and won a league medal. He was very lucky. [Alex Ferguson’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.”
Perhaps the biggest bombshell from the interview was that Keane hasn’t spoken to Ferguson since that fateful fallout, nearly 14 years ago.