Roy Keane confronts Tom Cleverley at his house over Aston Villa bust-up claims

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Roy Keane tried to confront Tom Cleverley over claims his resignation as Aston Villa assistant manager was the result of a bust-up with the players.

According to The Sun, Paul Lambert's former No.2 turned up at the midfielder's gated property in Cheshire and proceeded to furiously ring the doorbell for 15 minutes in an attempt to find the original source of the allegation.

The Manchester United loanee is now believed to be off the hook, though, after Keane accepted that the 25-year-old was not behind the recent stories. But, the notorious hard-man is unlikely to let the issue lie, and will probably be on the lookout for another target.

Keane and Cleverley were expected to gel well together at Villa Park given their shared Old Trafford connections, but this incident - the latest in a growing number of off-field altercations involving the retired Irishman - suggests that their relationship is not particularly friendly.

The Red Devils outcast has been enjoying a relatively productive season-long spell with Aston Villa after being allowed to leave his parent club by new manager Louis van Gaal for the remaining 12 months of his contract.

However, he'll now be without Keane as a trusted aide after the 43-year-old walked away from the Midlands outfit, citing a desire to concentrate all his efforts on his other role with the Republic of Ireland national team set-up, where he is part of Martin O'Neill's coaching staff.

Keane was spotted at Goodison Park taking in Everton's 3-1 victory over Queens Park Rangers on Monday night, presumably keeping an eye on eligible players, but has generally been trying to keep a low profile in the aftermath of his departure from Villa's Bodymoor Heath base, that was until he showed up ranting and raving on Cleverley's CCTV.

However, in a similar fashion to his days as a player, Keane is never very far from the headlines, having dominated numerous newspaper columns in recent months following the release of a second autobiography entitled 'The Second Half' which provided plenty of material for football fans and journalists to get their teeth into.

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