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Remembering Roy Keane's Incredible MUTV Rant Which Played A Part In His Departure

Josh Lawless

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Remembering Roy Keane's Incredible MUTV Rant Which Played A Part In His Departure

Roy Keane is certainly not once to mince his words and it's fair to his outspoken nature played in a big part in his Manchester United departure.

On 29 October 2005, United were well beaten by Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium, losing 4-1 in a dreadful showing for Sir Alex Ferguson's side.

There's certainly a case for deeming it as one of the worst United performances under Fergie, and Keane, who was captain at the time, decided to take aim at absolutely everyone in a post-match interview.

On their own TV channel, United introduced a programme called "Roy Keane Plays The Pundit" but the outburst 12 years ago was so fiery from the Irishman that United never put it out, with Keane slapped with a £5,000 fine.

Offering his take on the game, he kicked things by having a pop at Edwin Van der Sar and his blunder to allow Gaizka Mendieta's opener two minutes in:

"He should have saved that (a 30-yard goal from Gaizka Mendieta). That was saveable."

John O'Shea was next to get some stick, as Keane question his desire.

"He's just strolling around when he should have been busting a gut to get back."

Rio Ferdinand perhaps got it the worst off Keane, who pulled no punches. The England international was at fault for the second goal after being dispossessed by Jimmy Floyd-Hasselbaink.

"I have seen that happen to Rio before," he said.

"It is poor defending. Just because you are paid £120,000 a week and play well for 20 minutes against Tottenham you think you are a superstar."

Darren Fletcher was put down by the former Nottingham Forest man, as was Kieran Richardson.

"I can't understand why people in Scotland rave about Darren Fletcher. He [Richardson] is a lazy defender who deserved to get punished.. he wasn't doing his job."

Alan Smith was given a verbal pasting, while Keane also took issue with the young players.

"What is he doing there? He is wandering around as if he is lost. He doesn't know what he is doing.

"When they [the young players] sign the contracts, they think they have made it. They owe it to the manager, the staff and the fans. They think they have made it. They haven't."

The experienced players weren't let off the hook, though, with Keane also saying he wasn't surprised by the result.

"The younger players have been let down by some of the more experienced ones - they are not leading. There is a shortage of characters.

"It seems to be in this club you have to play badly to be rewarded. Maybe that is what I should do when I come back - play badly.

"I wasn't surprised by the result, I had been expecting one like this. The players have been asked questions and they are just not coming up with the answers.

"I am sick of having to say it and they are sick of listening to me. They have let down the club, the manager, and the fans."

Keane's last game for United came against Liverpool in September and by the time 18 November rolled around, he had left the club by mutual consent. He subsequently joined boyhood club Celtic in December, but retired after just 13 appearances at the Scottish giants.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Celtic, Manchester United, Roy Keane

Josh Lawless
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