Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 28 December 2014

Keane hits back at Fergie jibe

Roy Keane (left) and Sir Alex Ferguson
Roy Keane (left) and Sir Alex Ferguson

Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane has defended his right to criticise the club following their Champions League exit earlier this month.

Keane, working as a pundit for ITV, felt United had "got what they deserved" when they were knocked out by Basle, comments which did not go down well with Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson. The Scot questioned Keane's managerial record, saying "(Roy) had an opportunity to prove himself as a manager too. It is a difficult job" .

He also talked in his programme notes before the Wolves game about criticism of the club coming "even from people we thought were perhaps on our side". Keane told the Sunday Times: "If you want to question my managerial record, listen, you could question every pundit's managerial skill in relation to (Ferguson's) and we're all going to come up short."

Keane added: "But I would also say that without players like myself, maybe he wouldn't have such a good managerial record because players who go down the punditry road, it's soon forgotten that we put bodies on the line for him."

Keane also accused Ferguson of failing to stand by him following his abrupt exit from the club in 2005.

"People say he stood by me in difficult times," the Irishman added.

"But he didn't when I was 34, not when I was towards the end and had a few differences with (former United assistant boss) Carlos Queiroz. All of a sudden then, 'Off you go, Roy, and here's the statement we've done.'"

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