Roy Keane admitted he never got on well with former Manchester United teammates Wayne Rooney or Rio Ferdinand because he never understood their “banter.”
Former United skipper Keane, well known for not having fired any punches, revealed that he did not miss any of them after he left the club in 2005.
“I didn’t have Wayne or Rio, I didn’t have their jokes or what they sometimes stood for. It was probably something personal, “Keane told the Sky Football Show.
Roy Keane admitted he never got on well with Wayne Rooney and Rio Ferdinand at Man United
Keane (right) said he never understood Rooney’s “banter” but respected him as a player
“The game was changing and I had changed with it, but towards the end at United with the players who came, I didn’t always understand them.
“In terms of personality, they weren’t for me. Obviously they were very good players and I was delighted to play with them, but in terms of jokes or having a cup of coffee with them? No, forget it.
Keane joined Manchester United in 1993 under Sir Alex Ferguson, whom he has also openly criticized in the past. He made 480 appearances in a United jersey but admitted that towards the end he was struggling to integrate into the team in the locker room.
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Defender Rio Ferdinand joined the club in 2002 – five years as captain of Keane – while Rooney joined two years later, as the Irishman neared his exit.
Keane explained that despite his explosive personality, the trio never struck – as he recalled an incident where he and Rooney were about to row watching the TV show “The X-Factor” “
“We certainly didn’t have an argument, let me tell you,” added Keane.
Irishman Keane spent 12 years at United before leaving club in 2005
“I love my rugby league and yes, someone changed the channel and I was not happy. But we had no argument about it. I went down for breakfast the next day and Wayne said, “Did you find control? “
“So I told him where to go. If that’s an argument, God help us. I certainly didn’t respect Wayne because he stood up to me and wanted to watch the X Factor.
“I had a lot of respect for Wayne because I thought he was a brilliant player.
“I wouldn’t say I warmed it up, I certainly didn’t hate it. But the boy is on a different wavelength, a different joke and if hiding control was his type of joke then … not for me.