Roy Keane refuses to rule out Manchester United return

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Roy Keane has seemingly left the door open with regards to a future return to Manchester United after admitting that he loved everything about the club.

Former Republic of Ireland international Keane spent 12 years as a player at Old Trafford, captaining the Red Devils and winning a host of silverware before a controversial television interview and a subsequent falling out with the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson led to his somewhat acrimonious departure in 2005.

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Book criticism

The notoriously controversial Keane has hardly been off the back pages over the past seven days, with the release of his latest autobiography 'The Second Half' whipping up a media storm due to its entertaining anecdotes and typically uncompromising views on a host of different football-related topics.

Unsurprisingly, the 43-year-old discusses his Manchester United career at length in the book and also pulls no punches in relation to his ongoing feud with the equally fiery Ferguson.

Despite those obvious criticisms of arguably the most revered figure in club history, however, Keane has refused to rule out the possibility of making a sensational return to the Red Devils.

United return possible?

"I loved everything about United — the badge, the history, the pressures, the supporters, Old Trafford. Everything about it I loved," he was quoted by The Sun.

"Going back doesn’t keep me awake at night. But you never know what’s around the corner.”

With Keane having called time on his professional playing career almost a decade ago following a brief stint at Celtic, any possible return to Manchester United - as unlikely as it may seem - would presumably come in a coaching capacity.

Assistant roles

Having seemingly turned his back on management following an unsuccessful spell in charge of Championship outfit Ipswich Town that ended with his dismissal, Keane went on to work for ITV as an outspoken television pundit before returning to the dugout as Martin O'Neill's assistant manager with Ireland.

Not your stereotypical 'yes man', he also provides assistance to Paul Lambert at Aston Villa but a man of Keane's character, drive and ambition will surely not be content with playing second fiddle for too long.

Manchester United fans, would you like to see Keane return to the fold in some capacity or has he already burnt his bridges in this regard? Let us know your thoughts in the comment box provided below.

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