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What Roy Keane said in the MUTV interview that Man Utd tried to destroy

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If you can fault Roy Keane for anything across his playing career and time as a pundit, it certainly isn't honesty.

Whether looking back on his own time in the game or analysing the current Manchester United team, Keane is a font of comments so brutal they always spark a reaction. Think refusing to watch Liverpool if they played in his back garden or waking up Sir Bobby Charlton with a polemic to Peter Schmeichel.

What you wouldn't expect from Keane, though, is a full-blown criticism of his own teammates, during his career and on a public forum.

Well that's exactly what happened in 2005 when Keane delivered an interview with MUTV that was so savage Manchester United genuinely attempted to destroy it.

The feature was called: "Roy Keane Plays The Pundit," but the show was never broadcast after Keane systematically sunk his teeth into his own teammates over old clips.

Manchester United had freshly been humiliated by Arsenal's 'Invincibles' and Jose Mourinho's Chelsea, and it seems tensions were rather high.

Take a look at what Keane said about each player, according to the Mirror:

Darren Fletcher

"I can't understand why people in Scotland rave about Darren Fletcher."

Villarreal v Manchester United

Edwin van der Sar

"He should have saved that (a 30-yard goal from Gaizka Mendieta). That was saveable."

John O'Shea

"He's just strolling around when he should have been busting a gut to get back."

Villarreal v Manchester United

Alan Smith

"What is he doing there? He is wandering around as if he is lost. He doesn't know what he is doing."

Rio Ferdinand

"I have seen that happen to Rio before [after Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink robbed Ferdinand for the second goal]. It is poor defending.

"Just because you are paid £120,000 a week and play well for 20 minutes against Tottenham you think you are a superstar."

Manchester United v West Bromwich Albion

Kieran Richardson

"He is a lazy defender who deserved to get punished.. he wasn't doing his job."

Wow. His own teammates. It may be 12 years on since the interview and football fans are no strangers to Keane's savagery but the comments remain just as shocking.

Sir Alex Ferguson agreed so too, reflecting on the interview by saying: "It was unbelievable. He slaughtered everyone. Darren Fletcher got it. Alan Smith. Van der Sar. Roy was taking them all down.

"The hardest part of Roy’s body is his tongue. He has the most savage tongue you can imagine."

Too right, Fergie, too right.

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