Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane has hit out at his former teammate Paul Scholes for avoiding interviews during his playing days.
Scholes conducted only a handful of live interviews during his 20-year playing career, before surprising everyone by becoming a pundit following his retirement in 2013. Everyone, that is, except Keane.
The retired Manchester United hero claims Scholes didn't avoid interviews because he was shy - the widely-held belief - but because he simply "couldn't be arsed".
Keane blasts Scholes
When asked in an interview with Shortlist magazine whether he was surprised to see his ex-teammate enter the world of punditry after hanging up his boots, Keane said: "Yeah, but people don’t realise Scholesy could have done [TV appearances] at United, but he couldn’t be arsed. People thought he was camera-shy; he just couldn’t be bothered.
"None of us liked doing interviews, but it was a responsibility of the dressing room, you shared the load. 'Scholesy’s too humble to do it.' Well, he’s f*cking doing it now, isn’t he? Maybe there’s more money involved now. And I’d tell him this if he was sat here in front of me."
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Keane doubts Neville popularity
Keane, whose new autobiography was released earlier this month, also questioned another of his former teammates, Gary Neville.
Asked if he agreed with the general consensus that Neville had managed to win over non-United fans thanks to his fine work with Sky Sports over the past few years, Keane made it clear that he was less than convinced.
"I don’t think he has," Keane bit back. "Certain papers write stories about Gary winning everyone over, and he’s writing for these same newspapers, y’know?"
Keane is one of the few people in football who will give an honest answer to difficult questions, hence why his autobiography has sold so well in recent weeks.
Relationship with Ferguson
His shattered relationship with former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has been the main talking point, but Keane says he would let bygones by bygones with the legendary Scottish manager if he apologised for comments published in his updated autobiography, released last year.
Asked whether he would shake Ferguson's hand - or even give him a hug - next time he sees him, Keane responded: "I don’t think that’ll happen. But if I felt for a second that he would apologise for the way he spoke about me when I left, I could say, 'All right, let’s move on.'"
Keane, who is currently the assistant manager of both Aston Villa and the Republic of Ireland, remains a Manchester United hero in the eyes of the club's supporters - but he might not be left with too many friends at Old Trafford after these fresh comments.
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