Pretty much anyone of any status in the world of professional football has come out to wish Sir Alex Ferguson a happy retirement as he swaps the dugout for the race track and the ability to drink as much fine wine as he pleases.
However, one individual who doesn’t appear to have made any comments about Fergie following his announcement over retirement is his former captain Roy Keane.
You all know the story; Keane agreed to join Blackburn Rovers on a Friday, met with Fergie over the weekend and then signed with Manchester United on the Monday, becoming the definition of a midfield General.
Keane has seemingly always held a grudge against United since he left the club for Celtic, which relates back to the summer of 2005 where he publicly confronted Ferguson over the quality of a training camp in Portugal.
One of the overwhelming features of Ferguson’s managerial career has been that if you cross him, you may as well just get in the car and go home because your career at United is over.
There have been plenty of incidents in the recent past where that bitterness and ill feeling seems to be as fresh as it ever was, changing the perception of Keane in the eyes of many United supporters.
Two good examples are the Nani red card against Real Madrid in the Champions League and Keane’s criticism of Ferguson’s decision to leave Wayne Rooney out of that game.
Keane was very quick to defend the referee who sent Nani off in that game during a live TV broadcast which put his colleagues into a very awkward position and he even claimed that the decision to leave Rooney out meant the end of his United career.
Was he speaking from personal experience over the United or was je just trying to rub a bit of salt into the wound?
Either way he clearly feels bitter about the way his United career ended, but that is not justification for failing to come out and join the praise for someone who has been described as the greatest manager football has ever seen.
Some of Ferguson’s biggest rivals have even said they will be sorry to see him go such as Rafa Benitez, who has always had a grudge against Ferguson and even several members of the current Manchester City first team.
If Keane’s silence remains prolonged then he will lose even more respect from United supporters that have always held him in the same status and light as other United legends like Eric Cantona and Ryan Giggs.
Fergie may have ended his United career but in the words of the great Scot himself, it doesn’t take a lot to simply say well done.
What do you make of Keane’s silence?
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