Sir Alex Ferguson will not respond to comments about him made by Roy Keane that have hit the headlines this week following the media release of the former Manchester United captain's latest autobiography.
Legendary Red Devils boss Ferguson and former Republic of Ireland international Keane spent 12 incredibly successful years together at Old Trafford but the relationship between the notoriously fiery duo broke down considerably in the months before the latter's exit back in 2005.
While the feud had appeared to simmer down somewhat in recent years, Keane has risked re-opening hostilities with a number of anecdotes and searingly honest thoughts on his former boss that include him thinking Ferguson was a 'f**king pr**k' after he was supposedly informed in no uncertain terms that he was free to move elsewhere following a controversial interview given to MUTV.
No written response
You might presume that a character as straight-talking and no-nonsense as Ferguson may be keen to retaliate to such provocation, but the Daily Mail - citing unnamed sources from the Scot's book publishers Hodder & Stoughton - confirm that the 72-year-old will not be reacting or adding anything further on his strained relations with Keane when the updated paperback copies of his own autobiography are released later this month.
In the original version of that particular publication, Ferguson claimed that his long-term skipper had 'totally overstepped his mark' by criticising several of his teammates in that aforementioned interview after Manchester United had been utterly humiliated 4-1 by Steve McLaren's Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium.
Never one to resist an argument, Keane responded to that particular jibe by suggesting that Ferguson did not 'know the meaning of loyalty' during a live Champions League broadcast on ITV.
For many Manchester United supporters, the sight of two of the club's most celebrated characters and leaders still at loggerheads nearly a decade after their initial disagreement is very disappointing indeed.
Keane's book - appropriately entitled 'The Second Half' - goes on sale to the general public tomorrow and features a plethora of other shocking and comical revelations ranging from his thoughts on Robbie Savage's embarrassing answerphone message to his opinion on Cristiano Ronaldo and a frank confession that he spurned the opportunity to join Real Madrid out of pure fear.
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