Roy Keane left Manchester United abruptly
One moment he was Manchester United’s captain, the next he was officially unveiled as a Celtic player. Roy Keane’s sudden departure from United after 15 years of services has always been a shady debate with both the club and the player unwilling to talk about it.
Sources close the club claim that Roy Keane was asked to leave after attacking his teammates in an interview with MUTV following a 4-1 loss to Middlesbrough. In this alleged explosive interview, Roy Keane slammed several of his co-workers. Including, John O’Shea, Alan Smith, Darren Fletcher and Kieran Richardson. However, it was defender Rio Ferdinand who got the worst of it.
“Just because you are paid £120,000-a-week and play well for 20 minutes against Tottenham, you think you are a superstar.” said Keane supposedly.
The interview was never aired and any evidence of it, if any, was destroyed.
Roy Keane has his say
In a recent interview with Irish newspaper, Limerick Leader, seven-time Premier League winner Roy Keane opened up about his ordeal. During his sit-down, Keane claimed that all rumours surrounding his exit are fabricated lies.
“The only reason I ended up leaving Man United was because I appealed a €5,000 fine. If I hadn’t appealed the fine I wouldn’t have left Man United – don’t be brainwashed by the propaganda and lies. It is peanuts, you get fined that for being late for training at United. I appealed because I felt I shouldn’t have been fined for speaking about a match on the club station.” said Keane
“I wished they played this video, it is propaganda, ‘we had to destroy it’. How do you even destroy a video? I left with my head held up high, I was fine with my actions, I always felt my intentions were to do the best for Man United.” claimed Ireland’s assistant manager.
Without a doubt, Roy Keane is one of the most successful players in the Red Devils history. After joining United from Nottingham Forrest in 1993, Keane went on to make more than 450 appearances for the club.
In 1997, following Eric Cantona’s retirement, Roy Keane was made club captain. Under his leadership, United won nine major trophies making him the most successful captain the club has ever seen. Despite leaving Manchester United on bad terms, Keano was still awarded a testimonial match. For the game, 69,591 fans turned up. The biggest ever crowd for a testimonial match in England.