Manchester United legend Roy Keane has risked further fracturing the already damaged relationship with Red Devils supporters who adored him for the best part of 12 years in a new no-holes barred interview, where his feelings on the bitterness that lingers between him and former mentor Sir Alex Ferguson made clear in just two words.
Keane's feud with Ferguson has reached nothing short of poisonous levels over the last few years, with both men devoting huge swathes of best-selling autobiographies to the subject of how manager and captain grew so far apart.
The former Red Devils skipper did offer Ferguson something of a back-handed olive branch in an interview with FourFourTwo that hits the shelves later this week, but he wants an apology for having his name and reputation dragged through the mud first.
Keane claims he wants to move on
The Mirror got their hands on a set of revealing teaser quotes from Keane's sit down with FFT, with a foul-mouthed tirade aimed at United fans who want to stew over his falling out with Ferguson undoubtedly the headline-grabbing highlight.
Keane said: "If United fans say I had a decent career, then brilliant. If they want to say, 'What's gone on with the Ferguson stuff?' then f*** them."
Is Ferguson ready for that cup of tea?
After the furore surrounding the release of his book Keane had probably hoped to fade into the background somewhat and focus on his role as Republic of Ireland assistant manager, but y after quitting the same role within Paul Lamber's backroom staff at Aston Villa only last Friday he's back in the spotlight once again.
The 43-year-old didn't make a hugely successful playing career out of shying away from the big questions though, which means that unsurprisingly he was once again asked by FFT if there's any chance him and Ferguson can patch things up and reach some kind of a truce in the near future.
Keane was open to the possibility of sitting down and clearing the air with Ferguson, even conceding that the pair were perhaps so similar in mindset that ructions were inevitable.
Time to let go
"It was never going to end as a pal's act," he said of his departure from United. "I was never going to leave with champagne and flowers.
If Sir Alex apologises, then yes, I would. If Ferguson apologises, I would be happy to move on.
"For Ferguson to bad-mouth me after I left, I think he does owe me an apology."
United fans who have poured over both versions of events will no doubt be saddened to a certain extent that there's such a distance between two icons of perhaps the most successful period in the club's history, with time not proving a great healer to say the least.
With Ferguson fast approaching his 73rd birthday perhaps the time has come for both men to sit down and put aside their differences, although when you consider Keane and Ferguson are two of the most stubborn figures of the Premier League era I wouldn't hold your breath on a reconciliation before Christmas.
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