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Roy Keane reveals what furious Sir Alex Ferguson did after he turned up late to training after night drinking

Rory O'Callaghan

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Roy Keane reveals what furious Sir Alex Ferguson did after he turned up late to training after night drinking

Roy Keane has admitted he once got a "bollocking" off Sir Alex Ferguson after turning up late to Manchester United training following a boozy night out.

His comments come after former United midfielder Nemanja Matic called out Jadon Sancho and Paul Pogba for poor discipline during their time together at Old Trafford.

Earlier this week, Matic told Austrian outlet YuPlanet: "At Chelsea, players acted professionally. They were punctual and were never late for training. But at United it happened almost every day.

"Among the players who would always be late were Paul Pogba and Jadon Sancho, and a couple of other players. The rest of us who were always on time were angry so we decided to form a kind of an internal disciplinary committee with me serving as its president.

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"I put a sheet of paper up on the wall where I documented the names of individuals arriving late. During one particular season we collected around £75,000 in fines. We had planned to use the money to throw a party in London but we didn't due to the Covid outbreak."

Gary Neville has slammed Matic for his comments, claiming he has committed the "biggest betrayal" of his former teammates.

"What we've heard from Nemanja Matic in the last week about lateness is something that just riles me," Neville said on Sky Bet's Stick To Football podcast.

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"The biggest betrayal you can have in a football dressing room is when players or players' representatives are going to the media to undermine the manager and other players in your dressing room. Honestly, that is f***ing unforgivable."

Speaking on the same podcast, former United captain Keane recalled how Ferguson reacted when he was late to training early on his club career.

Roy Keane made Sir Alex Ferguson furious after turning up late to training (Image: Getty)
Roy Keane made Sir Alex Ferguson furious after turning up late to training (Image: Getty)

"When I first signed for Manchester United, I was still living at my house in Nottingham. I'd been at United a few months, and I went up to watch a reserve game, and went for one or two drinks after," said Keane.

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"My plan was to come back that night, but obviously everything is subject to change. I woke up in Nottingham that morning about 9:30 and got to training around 12, and obviously [Sir Alex] Ferguson went mad.

"I don't think I got fined for that – Ferguson gave me a bollocking as he does, but he played me in the next game, and I scored – that bit of guilt kicked in.

"That wasn't the only time I was late – I wasn't late to training, or when I was with Ireland."

Roy Keane was speaking on the Stick to Football podcast, brought to you by Sky Bet.

Featured Image Credit: Getty

Topics: Roy Keane, Football, Sir Alex Ferguson, Manchester United

Rory O'Callaghan
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