Keane refuses to debate comments of former Man Utd boss Ferguson

Roy Keane has refused to talk about the situation between himself and his former manager at Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson, as he believes the debate is ‘for another day’, ITV Sport has reported.

Ferguson’s recently-published book was critical of former United skipper Keane, but the new Republic of Ireland assistant manager was reluctant to respond to Ferguson’s comments. “The beauty of football is everyone has opinions, I have no problem with that,” Keane said.

The issue I will have with anybody who seems to talk about me or has issues with what I have said in the past, if people tell lies about me, that’s when I will come out and defend myself.

But I am not going to sit here and defend myself regarding Alex Ferguson. That’s for another day.

Martin O’Neill decided to approach the 42-year-old to become his assistant with the national side, and Keane was adamant that the focus remain on his new role rather than Ferguson’s book.

I am not really going to go into that too much,” the ex-Celtic player added. “Football is about opinions, I have no problem with that, but when its lies, that’s when you come out and say something.

But today is not for that, today is just about talking, getting involved back with the Irish team, working with Martin, all positive. It’s not an area I want to go into today.

Ferguson questioned Keane’s managerial and character in the book, and revealed extent of the MUTV interview-inspired fallout that prompted the midfielder’s Old Trafford departure in 2005.

Keane managed Sunderland and Ipswich Town and will link up with O’Neill, who formerly led Sunderland, Aston Villa, Celtic and Leicester City, among others.

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