Ben Foster Was Happy To See Roy Keane Leave Manchester United As He Was 'Sh*t Scared Of Him'
Ben Foster was happy to see the back of Roy Keane at Manchester United purely because he was "sh*t scared" of him.
The Irishman is widely deemed to be one of the most intense, no-nonsense blokes in football and demanded the very best from all around him.
And when Foster was just coming into the first-team at United many moons ago, Keane gave him a rollocking that seriously frightened him as a youngster.
"He's a scary bloke. I was s*** scared of him. I rolled the ball out to him too slow apparently," Foster told the Peter Crouch podcast, via The Mirror.
"He absolutely b****cked me. He stopped the ball, b****cked me, then turned around and carried on playing."
Keane would sign for Celtic in January 2006 after a bust-up with Sir Alex Ferguson. As for Foster, he ended up getting a run as United's first-choice goalkeeper following an injury to Edwin van der Sar at the start of the 2009/10 campaign.
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But he made a key error in the Manchester derby and despite the last-gasp victory at Old Trafford, Foster came up under criticism from Ferguson in front of the squad.
"I started the season and did really well," Foster added. "Then I had a few shaky games. The one game which did it for me was the United v City derby. 4-3; the Michael Owen one.
"I remember coming in at full time and Sir Alex Ferguson nailed me. We'd just won the game, so everyone was buzzing. He shut everyone up to nail me.
"He said, 'You pull this s *** ever again and that's you f***ing done'.
"I wasn't ready for Man United at the time. It was the wrong place at the wrong time for me - I just couldn't deal with it."
Foster made a total of 23 appearances for United before signing for Birmingham City in 2010. He then established himself as a solid Premier League goalkeeper with West Brom and current club Watford.