Manchester United legend Roy Keane has insisted that he had no choice but to defend himself from a torrent of allegations from former manager and now bitter foe Sir Alex Ferguson, a feud that he's unsure will ever be resolved.
Keane officially launched his second autobiography earlier today at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, although plenty of explosive details of a revealing insight into the mind of one of the most controversial figures in Premier League history.
The ex-Red Devils skipper could hardly hide his disdain for the way Ferguson has treated him and plenty other former United stars at Thursday's press conference, while drawing attention to the preferential treatment he feels the Scot has received in certain sections of the media.
Sorry seems to be the hardest word
When asked by The Guardian if feels him and Ferguson can ever bury the hatchet Keane responded: “Not sure, not sure. Football is a small world, you will cross paths with people again,” Keane responded when asked if he could ever forgive Ferguson.
“The problem I had, is that when you hope you have known someone for some time, it’s afterwards when people start coming out with all sorts of nonsense.
"When you think what he made out of it, millions of pounds, statues. But to criticise people who have earned him success … would I forgive him? I don’t know.
“If we cross paths. I’m sure we will cross paths, that is. Lots of stuff I let go, but eventually you have to go, enough is enough. You have to defend yourself.”
The Second Half causing a storm
The Aston Villa assistant has certainly opened a can of worms with his side of a story that has dominated newspaper headlines across the country so far this week, with Ferguson given both barrels and told he lacked warmth alongside far more stinging insults.
Keane was also at pains to make a point over his infamous interview broadcast on MUTV more than a decade ago, insisting that the club deserved their fair share of criticism for that regrettable incident because they were than happy to publish his scathing attack on team-mates through official club channels.
When asked about that interview and why he first fell out with Fergie the Republic of Ireland coach stated: "There was a lot of propaganda from United about this leaked video that shouldn’t have been played. United were quite happy to let that run.
"I had to fight my corner on that one. No one had an issue with that in terms of the players, it was just Ferguson and [assistant coach Carlos] Queiroz.
“Sometimes you just know these things. Just the way it was handled. Ferguson has pals in the media, I can spot them a mile off, some of them are here today. I can see them, putting out little snippets, lies.”
Behind the tabloid headlines Keane is adamant that The Second Half is an upbeat piece that explores a whole host of topics, with today's official release giving United fans the chance to read and judge for themselves who is on the right side of a bitter civil war which looks set to continue for the time being.
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