Keane was brought to United from Nottingham Forest back in 1993 for £3.25m and won a whole host of trophies during his 12 years at Old Trafford. The Irishman was shown the door in 2005 and has been critical of United during his new career as a pundit. Ferguson seemed to have hit back in his programme notes when Keane had lambasted the United flops against Basel, stating: ‘We will take a lot of stick from critics and even from people we thought were perhaps on our side’.
The Irishman has retaliated heavily and has laid into his former manager over the Rock of Gibraltar legal action and how he felt abandoned by his manager. Keane was shown the door after publicly lambasting United’s players during an unaired interview with MUTV following a 4-1 defeat to Middlesbrough.
Keane said: ‘People say he stood by me in difficult times. But he didn’t when I was 34, now when I was towards the end and had a few differences with Carlos Queiroz. All of a sudden then, “Off you go, Roy, and here’s the statement we’ve done”. I count my blessings to have played for Manchester United. All of my family are United fans and I don’t have any bitterness towards Man United, please let’s make that clear.’