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Roy Keane reveals that he was not fond of Rooney and Ferdinand during their time together at Man United

‘I sometimes didn’t get their banter or what they stood for … in terms of personality they weren’t for me’: Roy Keane reveals he wasn’t hot for Wayne Rooney and Rio Ferdinand during their time together at Manchester United

  • Roy Keane said he never got along well with Wayne Rooney or Rio Ferdinand
  • Keane played with both at Manchester United until he left for Celtic in 2005
  • The midfielder said he never understood the ‘banter’ at the end of his career

Roy Keane admitted he never got along well with former Manchester United teammates Wayne Rooney or Rio Ferdinand because he never understood their ‘banter’.

Keane, who was once captain of United, said he had missed neither when he left the club in 2005.

“I didn’t get Wayne or Rio, I didn’t get their banter or what they sometimes stood for. It was probably a personal thing, ”Keane told The Sports Show at Sky Sports.

Roy Keane admitted he never got along well with Wayne Rooney and Rio Ferdinand at Man United

Roy Keane admitted he never got along well with Wayne Rooney and Rio Ferdinand at Man United

Keane (right) said he never understood Rooney's 'tease', but he respected him as a player

Keane (right) said he never understood Rooney's 'tease', but he respected him as a player

Keane (right) said he never understood Rooney’s ‘tease’, but he respected him as a player

“The game changed and I changed with it, but towards the end at United with the players coming through, I didn’t always get them.

“They weren’t personally for me. They were clearly very good players and I loved playing with them, but in terms of chatter or drinking a cup of coffee with them? No Forget it. ”

Keane joined Manchester United in 1993 under Sir Alex Ferguson, which he has been openly critical of in the past. He played 480 games in a United shirt, but admitted he struggled towards the end to fit the squad in the locker room.

Keane said 'personally' that they were 'not for him' while digging for his former teammates

Keane said 'personally' that they were 'not for him' while digging for his former teammates

Keane said ‘personally’ that they were ‘not for him’ while digging for his former teammates

Defender Rio Ferdinand joined the club in 2002 – five years under the Keane captaincy – while Rooney joined two years later as Keane moved closer to his departure from the club.

Keane explained that, despite his explosive personality, the trio never came to blows – as he re-said an incident where he and Rooney got close to arguing while watching the ITV show ‘The X-Factor’.

“We certainly didn’t have a fight, let me tell you,” Keane added.

The midfielder (not pictured) said they never came to blows despite a TV incident

The midfielder (not pictured) said they never came to blows despite a TV incident

The midfielder (not pictured) said they never came to blows despite a TV incident

“I love my rugby league and yes, someone changed the channel and I was not happy. But we didn’t argue about it. I came in for breakfast the next day, and Wayne said, “Did you find the check?”

“So I told him where to go. If that’s an argument, God help us. I certainly didn’t respect Wayne because he came up to me and wanted to look at the X factor.

“I had a lot of respect for Wayne because I thought he was a great player.

“I wouldn’t say I warmed him up, I hated him. But the boy is on a different wavelength, different banter and if hiding the check was his kind of banter, then … not for me. ‘


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