There are times in life when you will just come face to face with your demons. As animals, we humans have three choices: fight, flight or freeze. When Roy Keane bumped into Sir Alex Ferguson, flight was not an option, which is ironic because it was on an aeroplane.
The Guardian's Daniel Taylor was lucky enough to be around when these two ran into each other for probably the first time since they took every chance to destroy the opposer's reputation in their respective autobiographies.
At Manchester United, both were steely warriors, never afraid of a fight. Even in retirement, as his punditry suggests, Keane is not adverse to causing a stir. But this time, when everyone was trying to ignore the underlying tension, they both chose to let it sit.
A very public affair
As Taylor said in his report: "It felt slightly strange to see the former manager and the former captain, two of the people who have been most prominently involved in the United success story, reduced to giving each other the silent treatment."
Ferguson got the public spat underway in his autobiography, claiming he was relieved when the his 'savage' captain left Old Trafford. He claimed Keane's mood was affecting the whole club until the moment the Irishman gave that explosive interview to MUTV in 2005.
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Burying the hatchet
Keane quickly responded, saying that "lies, basic lies" had been included in the latest version of his book. There seemed no end in sight to this feud until Keane agreed to bury the hatchet with his former manager.
He said in December: "If Sir Alex apologises, then yes, I would.
“If Ferguson apologises I would be happy to move on … for Ferguson to badmouth me after I left, I think he does owe me an apology.”
On this latest evidence it seems that Ferguson has been too busy to get round to RSVPing on what would certainly be one of your more charged tea parties. The Old Trafford legend's presence in Paris for Chelsea's game against PSG is evidence that he is still working hard.
Maybe he will get round to him one day. On second thought, maybe not.
Is Roy Keane's feud with Sir Alex Ferguson damaging their legacies and would Manchester United fans love to see it come to an end? Give us your views in the comment box below!
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