Sir Alex Ferguson wrote of Roy Keane, “He has the most savage tongue you can imagine,” and the former Manchester United star may be intent on proving the legendary manager correct.
In his recently-published autobiography, Ferguson had used his favored “bigger than the club” line on Keane as well as other Manchester United wantaways like David Beckham.
Keane used a documentary broadcast in the UK this week, which focused on the epic battles he and Patrick Vieira had that epitomized United and Arsenal’s rivalry, to say plenty of harsh words about Ferguson, including that the manager is betraying himself by meddling in David Moyes’ affairs in his new role as director at Old Trafford.
“Everything is about control and power. He’s still striving for it now even though he’s not manager. There’s massive ego involved in that. You have a power and control over people and you try to have it when you’re not even working with them.”
Keane also defended Beckham for his move away from Manchester United, claiming Ferguson could not stand to be challenged.
“You don’t win league titles by having choir boys in the dressing room. And all these boys did challenge the manager in different ways. Becks did challenge him.”
“If you marry a certain woman, is that challenging the manager? The manager has to understand that and say: ‘Listen we’ve got different personalities in the dressing room, but maybe that’s why we’re winning trophies.’ ”
Despite the lambasting, Keane did compliment his former boss:
“The biggest compliment I could pay him is that he always had a good feel for what the group needed, whether it was a team talk, or if a player stepped out of line. He generally got it right. The type of player I was, I would sometimes push boundaries with people.”
LIMA, Peru (AP) Peru has extradited the country’s former soccer boss to the United States for his alleged involvement in a multibillion-dollar FIFA bribery scandal involving marketing and broadcasting rights.
Manuel Burga was sent to New York on a commercial flight before dawn on Friday.
He has been in jail since December 2015 as part of the investigation. Peru’s Supreme Court in June cleared the way for his extradition and President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski signed a decree authorizing the move a week ago.
Burga oversaw Peru’s football federation for more than a decade until 2014. He has denied any wrongdoing.
While the battle for MLS Cup 2016 has been dwindled down to two sides, the rest of the league continues to make roster transactions in preparation for next season.
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The San Jose Earthquakes announced on Friday that the club has exercised options on six players, including goalkeeper David Bingham, Fatai Alashe, Kip Colvey and Victor Bernardez.
Additionally, the Earthquakes have released nine players, including U.S. Men’s National Team defender Clarence Goodson, Marc Pelosi and Tommy Thompson, however, the latter two are reportedly in talks to return to the club in 2017.
NAPLES, Italy (AP) Napoli eased to a 3-0 win over Inter Milan in Serie A on Friday, with two goals in the opening five minutes.
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The home side got off to a lightning start as, following a wonderful team move, Jose Callejon headed back Marek Hamsik’s chipped pass for Piotr Zielinski to volley into the bottom left corner.
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Zielinski turned provider moments later as Hamsik beat the offside trap to run onto his pass and fire into the bottom right corner.
It was Hamsik’s 104th goal for Napoli, moving him level with Edinson Cavani in third in the clubs’ goalscoring charts. The Slovakia forward needs 11 more to equal Diego Maradona’s record.
Inter started the second half aggressively but hopes of getting back into the match were scuppered six minutes after the restart when Lorenzo Insigne netted his fourth goal in three league matches after visiting goalkeeper Samir Handanovic only flapped at a corner.
Napoli moved level on points with Atalanta, which visits league leader Juventus on Saturday, and fourth-placed Lazio, which hosts Roma in the capital derby on Sunday.
Inter, which beat Fiorentina 4-2 on Monday for its first win under coach Stefano Pioli, remained eighth ahead of the rest of the weekend’s fixtures.
On a day where Atlanta United added another young talent, the 2017 MLS expansion side could be preparing to make a major splash for a South American playmaker.
According to numerous Argentine media outlets, Atlanta is closing in on signing Paraguay international Miguel Almiron for an MLS-record fee of $13 million from Lanus at the end of 2016.
Almiron, 22, has scored three goals in 34 appearances for Lanus since joining the Argentine club in 2015. The young winger began his professional career back in 2013 with Cerro Porteno, where Almiron also played for the club’s youth academy.
On the international stage, Almiron has already earned seven caps for Paraguay after previously representing the nation’s Under-17 and U-20 national teams.