Roy Keane has accused Sir Alex Ferguson of disloyalty towards his former players after details of the Scot’s controversial autobiography emerged on Tuesday.
In ‘My Autobiography’, there is criticism of former United men Ruud van Nistelrooy and David Beckham among others, but Keane is the biggest casualty, mainly for a tirade against his team-mates on the club’s in-house channel MUTV which was never broadcast.
In the interview, which followed United’s defeat to Middlesbrough, Keane described Kieran Richardson as a “lazy defender” and said he doubted why “people in Scotland rave about Darren Fletcher”. Keane also criticised Edwin van der Sar and Alan Smith.
He also railed at Rio Ferdinand, saying “just because you are paid £120k a week and play well for 20 minutes against Tottenham, you think you are a superstar”.
Keane says he “will not lose sleep” over the revelations, but the former Sunderland manager - who went on to sign Richardson for the Black Cats - is upset by the way the Scot has spoken openly about other United players who brought him so much success during his 27-year reign at Old Trafford.
“I do remember having conversations with the manager when I was at the club about loyalty and, in my opinion, I don’t think he knows the meaning of the word,” Keane told ITV1.
“It doesn’t bother me too much what he has to say about me but to constantly criticise other players at the club who brought him a lot of success, I find very strange.
“But I won’t be losing any sleep over it.”