Roy Keane hits out at Sir Alex Ferguson and says he will never forgive him

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Both Roy Keane and Sir Alex Ferguson will forever occupy a special place in the hearts of Manchester United supporters.

Keane gave his heart and soul for the club over the course of 12 hugely successful years, captaining the Red Devils with distinction during that time.

Ferguson, meanwhile, is arguably the greatest manager of all time and certainly the best in United’s history, having surpassed the legendary Sir Matt Busby. He won an astonishing 38 trophies in 26 years at Old Trafford.

Keane was essentially Ferguson on the pitch. He bossed his teammates about and accepted nothing less than 100 per cent. The Irish midfielder was a force of nature and ensured that standards never dropped.

As a manager-captain double-act, the Ferguson-Keane partnership was formidable, which makes the story of their eventual fall-out and long-lasting grudge all the sadder.

At an event for Off The Ball on Wednesday night, Keane revealed that he hasn’t spoken to Ferguson since he was dumped by United in November 2005 - almost 14 years ago.

“Roy Keane - Gary Neville roadshow with #CadburyFC at @BGETheatre was enthralling entertainment,” broadcaster John Duggan tweeted. “Funny, compelling and uncomfortable at times. I find it sad that Keane said he hasn’t spoken to Alex Ferguson since leaving Manchester United. Life is too short Roy.”

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Well said.

However, Keane is in no mood to bury the hatchet with his former boss.

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Speaking at the event, Keane says he will never forgive Ferguson after the way he was unceremoniously offloaded midway through the 2005/06 campaign.

"I wouldn't forgive Ferguson. The media spin, how I apparently upset everybody, it was all nonsense," Keane told Off The Ball, per Goal.

I don't care if it's Alex Ferguson or the Pope, you're going to defend yourself.

Keane also downplayed Ferguson’s reputation as a brilliant man-manager and doesn’t buy the school of thought that his former manager put Man Utd above everything else.

"People talk about Ferguson's man-management. Nonsense,” he continued.

"People said he always had the best interests of Manchester United at heart. Darren Ferguson [his son] won a medal. He was very lucky."

Darren Ferguson

"[Alex Ferguson's] brother was the chief scout for Manchester United for a long time," he added, per Off The Ball.

"I'm surprised his wife wasn't involved in the staff somewhere.

"Darren was [the manager] at Preston North End and lost his job. He had a couple of young players on loan from Manchester United, [but] guess what happens the next day?

"They're pulled out of Preston. Is that doing the best for Manchester United? Do me a favour."

Typically scathing stuff from Keane, who has previously said that Ferguson put his own interests above the club’s.

"People say he stood by me in difficult times," Keane told the Sunday Times several years ago.

"But not when I was 34, not when I was coming towards the end. All of a sudden it was, 'Off you go, Roy'.

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"People say Ferguson always does what is right for Man United. I don’t think he does. I think he does what is right for him."

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