• September 17, 2021

Exclusive: Wayne Rooney recalls when Sir Alex Ferguson lost it with Roy Keane and ‘jumped over desk’ to confront him in front of Cristiano Ronaldo and Man United team

 Exclusive: Wayne Rooney recalls when Sir Alex Ferguson lost it with Roy Keane and ‘jumped over desk’ to confront him in front of Cristiano Ronaldo and Man United team


Wayne Rooney has lifted the lid on the altercation between Roy Keane and Sir Alex Ferguson which brought an end to his Manchester United career.

The former Ireland international captained the Red Devils during his illustrious playing career and led his troops with an iron first during his 12 years in Manchester.

Keane and Ferguson never really recovered from the altercation

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Keane and Ferguson never really recovered from the altercation

Tempestuous and driven, Keane acted as Ferguson’s right-hand man on the pitch and proved an able deputy as he lifted 17 major trophies at Old Trafford – including the famous Treble in 1999.

Yet he left under somewhat acrimonious circumstances in 2005 after a nasty spat with Fergie, which the pair are yet to recover from.

Speaking to former cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew, Rooney admitted he was not aware of what happened what Sir Alex clashed with David Beckham a few years prior to his arrival.

However, he was able to divulge what happened when Ferguson clashed with his captain of seven years which led to Keane’s departure and subsequent move to Celtic.

The Irishman led United for seven years until his departure in 2005

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The Irishman led United for seven years until his departure in 2005

“No, that was just before me,” he said on ‘Tony Bellew is angry’.

“So when Roy Keane left the club, I think it’s well known there was a meeting. I can’t say the details of what happened in the meeting… Roy had obviously had a go at some of the players on the club’s TV channel and then Fergie wasn’t happy, so he called a meeting.

“Roy Keane said let’s all watch it together, so we all went into Alex Ferguson’s office – the coaches, Alex and the whole squad. I was 18 or 19 [years old] at the time.

“We’ve all watched, and Roy asked if any of the players had a problem, so everyone said no. To be fair, it wasn’t that bad; I think it was obviously a problem with Roy and the manager in the past.

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“So, anyway, it’s got into an argument, and a few different things got said, and I see Alex Ferguson jump over his desk, and I’m thinking ‘wow, this is crazy’. He jumped over the desk, he’s getting held back … it got calmed down.

“Anyway the next day Roy Keane’s come into training, and then about 30 minutes later we’ve seen him driving off, and that’s the last we’ve seen of him.”





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