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Roy Keane insists he ‘NEVER had any bond’ with Sir Alex Ferguson while Man United captain and says had ‘no interest’ in ‘tea and biscuits’… before suggesting his former managers eventually ‘threw him under the bus’

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Roy Keane has revealed that he ‘never had any bond’ with Sir Alex Ferguson during his time as Manchester United captain.

Keane played for the Red Devils between 1993 and 2005, spending the whole time playing under the Scot, winning the Champions League, seven Premier Leagues, and four FA Cups.

He was club captain from 1997 to 2005 before leaving the club for Celtic after departing Old Trafford via mutual consent.

Managers tend to have a closer relationship with their players in the modern game compared to when Keane was playing, but the Irishman admitted that he never wanted to bond with his managers.

Speaking on Sky Sports, he said he ‘didn’t believe in it’, though did acknowledge that it can sometimes suit managers and captains to have a close relationship. 

Roy Keane (pictured) has suggested that he 'never had any bond' with Sir Alex Ferguson

Roy Keane (pictured) has suggested that he ‘never had any bond’ with Sir Alex Ferguson

Keane played for Manchester United for 12 years under Ferguson (left) and was captain for seven years

Keane played for Manchester United for 12 years under Ferguson (left) and was captain for seven years

The two enjoyed a number of successes together, including winning seven Premier League titles and a Champions League

The two enjoyed a number of successes together, including winning seven Premier League titles and a Champions League

‘I think it depends on the personalities of the manager and whoever the captain of the club might be,’ he said. ‘I don’t think it has to be as cozy as what they’ve got going on there [at Tottenham] – obviously the manager has only been in the door a few months – but from my own experience I never had any cozy relationship with any of the managers I worked for.

‘I didn’t believe in it, it just didn’t suit my personality. Even when I went to Forest with Stuart Pearce or particularly when I went to United and saw some of the senior players and the captains, most mornings they would be going up having a chat with the manager and a cup of tea but that was never for me, I never believed in being pally or close to any of the managers I worked with.

It was put to Keane that he worked under Ferguson for a number of years and enjoyed unprecedented success while captain of the side.

Keane said that it is no use getting close to managers because they can 'throw you under the bus anyway'

Keane said that it is no use getting close to managers because they can ‘throw you under the bus anyway’

Keane was quick to shut down any suggestion that the two were close, and hinted that he felt wronged by the United legend upon his departure. 

‘There was never any bond there, absolutely not’, he said. ‘People like to say we had a good relationship, I think I had two or three really private conversations with the manager during my time at the club, it was a case of get on with it, do your job, go out and perform week in, week out, and be a good pro around the place.   

‘The manager gives you the captaincy for a reason. It doesn’t mean to say you’re having cozy chats and cups of tea in the morning with a few biscuits, that never worked for me and I’m glad I was never really close to a manager like that. 

‘It’s just my opinion, there’s no need for it, Why get close when you know at some point they’re going to make tough decisions and, as I found in my experience, when you think you’ve done well for them and they throw you under the bus anyway, but that’s for another day.’

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