Roy Keane Reveals The Real Reason Behind His United Departure

Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane

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Roy Keane has opened up about why he really left the Old Trafford outfit for Celtic back in 2005.

The former Red Devils skipper had a falling out with Sir Alex Ferguson back then, and it was widely reported that the long standing feud was the reason he left the club.

However, Keane has rubbished those stories 12 years on, claiming it was actually another incident that brought the end to his United career.

In the year of his departure, United suffered a shocking 4-1 defeat at the hands of Middlesbrough. Not being one to shy away from making his opinion known, he blasted all his team-mates on air during a post-match interview with MUTV.

The interview wasn’t aired, but the midfielder was fined £5,000. Oddly, he decided to appeal against the fine, and the Irishman now admits that it was the appeal that got him sold, not a fallout with the manager.

“The only reason I ended up leaving Man United was I appealed a £5,000 fine. If I hadn’t appealed the fine I wouldn’t have left Man United,” Keane told Limerick Leader. “Don’t be brainwashed by the propaganda and lies. It is peanuts, you get fined that for being late for training at United.

“I appealed because I felt I shouldn’t have been fined for speaking about a match on the club station. Have I stepped out of line? Damn right I have. Man United fined me about £500,000 over my career but that is because I was sent off and I always held my hands up.

“Ironically when I appealed a £5,000 fine that’s when I left the club. I wished they played this video, it is propaganda, ‘we had to destroy it’. How do you even destroy a video? 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.”

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Written by Reyhan Ashley Nath  

Manchester United fan, Wayne Rooney is his role model. Passionate writer who has written for several sites in the past. He’s also an aspiring pianist and creates background music for BlameFootball’s Youtube channel.


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