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.”