Another ex-United player backs Keane’s comments about Ferguson loyalty

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Former Manchester United and Aston Villa keeper defended his Old Trafford teammate.

Mark Bosnich has leaped to the defence of Roy Keane following the release of former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson’s new autobiography, which is highly critical of both former Red Devils players.

While the Scot’s criticism of Keane has been well-documented in the national press over the past 24 hours , fresh details from the newly-released book focusing on the Australian stopper have come to light, with Fergie describing Bosnich as a 'terrible professional.'

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The ex-United gaffer detailed various examples of the former Villa favourite arriving at training both late and overweight, while the Scot’s advice to cut back on food also seemingly fell on deaf ears.

But despite this harsh criticism, Bosnich’s official response, which came via the Fox Sports website, was a respectful one with the Australian keen to point out that he was the only player signed twice by Ferguson during his time with Manchester United.

'We won the title by a record 18 points during that time and also became the first British team to become world club champions against Palmeiras in Tokyo in 1999. It will always be one of the most special - and interesting - periods of my life.

'I wouldn't be sat here now, I wouldn’t be who I am today, if Sir Alex didn't have faith in me. I will always be grateful for that.'

Despite this, Bosnich was also quick to jump to the defence of the much-maligned Keane, who he describes as possessing a 'solid' character: 'Roy is and always will be one of the best players that I had the pleasure of playing with. What he said about loyalty is right.'

He also appeared to indicate that the various extracts and quotes taken from the new publication should be taken with a pinch of salt, with Ferguson evidently eager to court controversy in the hope of increasing sales.

The comments closely follow Bosnich’s call for the Scot to be appointed the new manager of the Socceroos, a position that has ultimately been filled Ange Postecoglou.

And though he challenged some of the comments made about his career at Old Trafford, Bosnich was quick to admit he would be happy to see Ferguson again, should be ever decide to head Down Under.

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