Wayne Rooney defends Roy Keane against infamous incident that led to the release of Man Utd


Wayne Rooney thinks Roy Keane was right to detonate his teammates during the famous MUTV interview that led to his departure from Manchester United.The former Red Devils captain targeted John O’Shea, Alan Smith, Kieran Richardson, Darren Fletcher and Rio Ferdinand after a 4-1 loss to Middlesbrough in November 2005.

The clip – titled “Roy Keane Plays the Bridge” – was deemed too controversial to be released, with remarks including a scathing assessment of Ferdinand.

“Just because you’re paid £ 120,000 a week and you play well for 20 minutes against Tottenham, you think you’re a superstar,” said Keane.

Sir Alex Ferguson was furious with the incident and Keane left the club by mutual consent later in the month.

Rooney defended Keane’s explosive interview

However, Rooney admits that he agreed with Keane’s comments on his teammates after the loss at Riverside Stadium.

“I was at United when he gave his famous interview to MUTV, but I don’t agree with the way it is described,” wrote the County Derby star in his Sunday Times column .

“Roy was supposed to be too critical of his teammates, but I watched the video and there is nothing wrong with that.

Ferguson and Keane’s relationship never recovered after the interview

“He said that the players cannot pass the ball ten yards and that they are playing for Manchester United and that is not good enough. Well, he is right. ”

Rooney signed for United the year before Keane left the club and said the Irish club captain was the man he wanted to impress in training – rather than manager Ferguson.

He added, “Now Roy Keane was vocal. He had an aura. I remember my first United workout thinking, “I have to impress him. Not the manager. Him. “

Rooney admits he wanted to impress Keane on Ferguson when he joined United

Rooney then wore the armband for United, succeeding Nemanja Vidic when the Serb left the club in 2014.

In order to become an effective skipper, the striker followed the advice of two veterans of the club when he was appointed.

“When I took command of United, I sat down with Michael Carrick and Darren Fletcher to get their input on the needs of the group,” said Rooney.

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“We had the idea that the club would create an application for foreign players, so if they were blocked for schools, restaurants, whatever, all the information would be there. From this, the club produced a booklet.

“We wanted the chefs to visit the houses of the young players once a week to teach them how to cook and to help them become independent.

“I took the team for a meal because I think it’s important to create an environment that is not just about football, where players connect in their social time. ”

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