Attacking Roy Keane: Sir Alex & Liverpool’s Redknapp slam Irish star

Man United & Roy Keane

He’s one of the greatest midfielders Manchester United have ever had.

Roy Keane was appointed Man United’s captain in 1997, and the Irish star held onto that role until his unsavoury departure from Old Trafford eight years later.

Keane joined Man United from Nottingham Forest for a then British record £3.75 million in 1993.

Keane collected seven Premier League winners medals in his time at Manchester United from 1993 to 2005.He also won the Champions League with the Red Devils in their famous treble winning season in 1998-1999.

Sir Alex Ferguson on Keane

This weekend, the Sunday Times have a report on what Sir Alex Ferguson truly felt about Keane.

The story comes via Alastair Campbell, as he releases his diary from back in the 1990s.

According to Campbell, Sir Alex didn’t have a high opinion of the Irish enforcer. Readers are told:

In September 2006, almost a year after Ferguson and Keane had acrimoniously parted ways, Campbell writes that “he [Ferguson] felt he had what it took in so many ways but he had demons and they would come out. He was actually someone who didn’t like people that much unless they met his own standards.”

Campbell had expressed his surprise to Ferguson about his decision to let Keane go: “I said you used to say he was the most intelligent player you’d had, and the one likeliest to be a top manager. He went ‘Wrong. There is something not right there’.”

Liverpool’s Jamie Redknapp

Campbell has also dumped former Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp in hot water with Keane.

That’s after the politician revealed what Redknapp thought of the Irish midfielder back in the day:

Jamie Redknapp, with whom Campbell also struck up a friendship, told him that Keane “probably had too big an ego to be a manager”. This was before the Irishman took his first job in management. 

We can’t wait to see what happens when the former Man United and Liverpool players find themselves on the same set to offer their punditry skills!