Manchester United legend Roy Keane will have shocked the club's supporters with his latest revelation, revealing he is not a 'fan' of the club.
The former Red Devils skipper was renowned for his outbursts under Sir Alex Ferguson, criticising the Old Trafford faithful for eating prawn sandwiches and even turning on players on MUTV - which ultimately led to his demise.
However, his latest comments, given during a Q&A session for children's charity Barretstown, will catch some by surprise given that he spent over a decade with Manchester United and won every trophy possible.
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"I didn't even think I was a Manchester United fan when I was playing for them," Keane told the audience, according to Goal.com. "Just because I played for Manchester United didn't mean I was a fan of the team.
"Of course, if they're playing Liverpool these days I would want United to win. But when I left a club, I broke my ties."
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Soft spot for Spurs
The former Sunderland manager went on to reveal that he held a soft spot for Tottenham Hotspur as a youngster growing up, with Glenn Hoddle highlighted as a player the 43-year-old particularly liked.
However, he went on to turn down a trial with Spurs after being given the same opportunity at Nottingham Forest first, citing a loyalty to the club as more important than a chance to play at White Hart Lane.
"I was more of a Spurs fan, believe it or not. God knows where that came from. But no, 'fan' [of Manchester United] is too strong of a word," he added.
"When I played for Rockmount, one of my team-mate's fathers used to bring me to training and he supported Tottenham. I suppose that's where it started. I liked their players, the likes of Glenn Hoddle and Clive Allen.
"But after I'd come back from trial at Nottingham Forest, Spurs offered me a trial. I turned it down because Forest had been good me, I liked the club and felt some loyalty to them."
Man United hero
Keane got his first opportunity in English football at the City Ground, playing under Nigel Clough before leaving to join Ferguson's Old Trafford revolution in 1993. He cost a British transfer record £3.75 million at the time.
In the 12 years that followed, Keane went on to win seven Premier League titles, four FA Cups and the Champions League. However, his relationship with Ferguson soured and he left Manchester United for Celtic in 2006.
Despite his latest remarks, the 67-cap international will remain an idol in the eyes of most who saw him ply his trade for the Red Devils during years of dominance at the Theatre of Dreams.
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