Roy Keane reveals GUILTY of lying about booze until 5am propelled him to success at Manchester United
‘Fergie would say ‘how many drinks have you had?’…I’d lie to him’: Roy Keane reveals the GUILTY of lying about booze until 5am propelled him to success, despite Sir Alex Ferguson falling out at Manchester United
- Roy Keane played nearly 12 and a half seasons under Sir Alex Ferguson
- Keane has admitted he would drink late at night after most games
- His antics would then push him to lead United to success in their next game
- But he would try to hide the truth about his drinking from his boss Fergie
Roy Keane’s broken relationship with Sir Alex Ferguson is well documented and the ex-Manchester United captain has now revealed that he lied to his former manager about his late-night drinking endeavours.
Keane played nearly 12-and-a-half seasons under Ferguson at United – a trophy-laden spell with seven Premier League titles, four FA Cups and one Champions League triumph.
At his peak, Keane – who also captained the club from 1997 to 2005 – was the driving force in midfield when United dominated the English football landscape.
Roy Keane (pictured during international service) says he would lie to former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson about his drinking after playing a game for the club
Keane won many accolades under Ferguson (left) – including seven Premier League titles
Keane says he would downplay Ferguson how much alcohol he drank when he was caught
Behind the scenes, however, the midfielder liked to take his mind off the high pressure at Old Trafford by going out and drinking.
Because the Red Devils often play on weekdays and weekends, Keane says he often had a penchant for having fun late at night after a game on Wednesday or Saturday, even if he had to train the next day.
And talk to former teammate Gary Neville on Sky Bet’s show The Overlap, the 50-year-old has revealed he would lie to Ferguson if caught — often downplaying how much booze he’d been drinking. That, coupled with the guilt that he was enjoying himself, would prompt him to rectify that by making sure United win their next game.
“Alex Ferguson attracted me many times with the comment ‘you were in Manchester and got a taxi at 2.30am’ and I would say ‘yes I did but it doesn’t violate the 48 hour rule in our contracts ‘ said the Irishman.
‘I used to argue with him and he’d ask ‘how many drinks did you have?’ and then I would lie to him. I would say to him “maybe 10 or 11 bottles” and he would answer “10 or 11 bottles?!”. If only I had told him the truth, because that was every hour!
“You obviously told a white lie as you go along, but you smile and get away with it. I wouldn’t change it.
Keane says the guilt of going out and drinking would inspire him to perform in their next match
Keane says he would argue with Ferguson over drinking and claimed he didn’t break his contract
‘I’m always there on Thursday morning’ [the morning after a night out] because of the guilt for going out.
“So on a Saturday I would think ‘we’d better win because we’re out on Saturday and if the manager finds out we’re in trouble’. We had to win competitions and trophies to justify the life we led.
“But now when I see a player in Altrincham drinking at 1:00 pm on a Tuesday or Wednesday, I think ‘that’s not good’, but we all did it.”
Keane’s first season with United in 1993-94 was as a 22-year-old and he says the club’s culture at the time and subsequent seasons allowed him to be out until four or five in the morning.
“When I got into the first team, the players went out on Wednesdays and Saturdays every week,” Neville explained.
The 50-year-old spoke to former United teammate Gary Neville on The Overlap show
And in response Keane said, ‘Why wouldn’t you? If you’re between 21 and 22 years old and playing for Manchester United, that was my way of relaxing.
“I argued a few times with the manager. Some started with golf or snooker but mine went out and entertained me.
“If someone said to me, do you want to go out on Wednesday after a game, we would all go into Manchester, go into Chinatown and eat Chinese food until about four or five in the morning.
“If someone told me after a game are you going for a bite to eat to refuel for Saturday, I’d say ‘no I’m going into town’. I’ll think they’re the crazy ones, not me!
“I thought I should go out and drink as much alcohol as possible, and Thursday morning I would turn it around and think I better get ready for Saturday. And that was life.’