Roy Keane has lifted the lid on his exit from Manchester United, with the former Red Devils captain revealing he was 'really hurt' by the clinical shafting.

The Irishman broke his foot against Liverpool in September 2005 and, a month later, sparked controversy following reportedly critical comments about his colleagues after United were beaten 4-1 by Middlesbrough.

Then, in the November, Keane expectedly left Old Trafford by 'mutual consent' and went on to join Celtic, but retired from playing at the end of the season.

But, says Keane, he had never really wanted to leave United - but was shown the exit door after a disagreement with Sir Alex Ferguson.

“When I left Manchester United, it hurt me. I had a disagreement with the manager,” explained the 42-year-old.

“I went in at nine and by ten past nine I was out. That really hurt me."


He added: “People misunderstood my relationship with the manager. They think I met him every morning for tea. It wasn't like that,” the Irishman added.

“He knew exactly what he wanted of me, and I knew it. He didn't have to say anything.

"That's why he got me, and when he made me captain, it was an honour for me to be captain of the greatest club in the world.”

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