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Former Man Utd Player Says Roy Keane Didn't Speak To Him Once During Time At The Club

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Former Man Utd Player Says Roy Keane Didn't Speak To Him Once During Time At The Club

Roy Keane gave a Rangers legend the coldest of welcomes when he arrived at Manchester United and the pair didn't speak for three months.

Andy Goram, who won five Scottish league titles with Rangers in the 1990s, has opened up on his 2000-01 spell at Man United and the death stare he got from Keane - a childhood Celtic fan - as they agreed there was "no point" in even talking to one another.

"We had nothing in common. His beliefs and my beliefs are a mile apart," explained the Rangers great as he described their frosty first meeting.

A 36-year-old Goram was brought into Old Trafford as short-term loan cover for the injured Fabien Barthez and Raimond van der Gouw.

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Steve McClaren, the United assistant manager, introduced the keeper to his new teammates. However he got little change out of Keane - and Goram explained that it was because the United captain was a staunch Celtic man, while Goram is a Rangers hero.

"We just never spoke," Goram said on the Anything Goes podcast with James English. "We had nothing in common. His beliefs and my beliefs are a mile apart.

"I met all the players in the dressing room, Steve McClaren took me around. I knew most of them, the Nevilles and all that, I played cricket with their dad.

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"And it came to Roy Keane and you know, you shake hands. He just looked at me and I went, 'There's no point is there?' And he went, 'No'. And we never spoke for three months.

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That's some look from Keane if it made Goram instantly realise they were never going to be on speaking terms.

Goram went into further details on how Keane "hated the sight" of him at Manchester United in his autobiography (per Pundit Arena).

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"Shark's eyes. Dead, devoid of emotion, glaring at me. No handshake. Welcome to Manchester United. Roy Keane-style," he wrote.

"The man who saw himself as the heartbeat of the Reds was giving me a message. He just looked right through me as the embarrassed Steve McClaren, the United No 2, tried to introduce the new on-loan keeper to his volcanic captain.

"From that second I knew there was no point in me making an effort with Keane. Roy had things he stood by, things that framed his life, beliefs he clung to with a burning intensity. Well, I had mine. What he did to me on that first morning at work at the most famous football club in the world didn't faze me.

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"He was a Celtic man, I was a Rangers man. He didn't like me. End of story. Fair enough. After all, I'd done enough to make some Celtic fans dislike me in seven years at Ibrox.

"There was to be no handshake. Ever. The truth is we didn't exchange a civil word in the three months I was at Old Trafford."

Keane would go on to play for Celtic for 13 games in the final season of his career, after he was let go by Manchester United. Following his short spell at Old Trafford, Goram carried on playing until 2004 when he retired and worked as a goalkeeping coach.

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Topics: Roy Keane, Manchester United

Alex Reid
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