The Irishman spent 12 years under the Scot at Old Trafford from 1993 to 2005, but the two maintain an icy relationship these days following the former’s acrimonious departure from the famed outfit.
Never too far from controversy, Keane’s United exit was shrouded in constant quarrels with Ferguson and the club management, whilst his infamous explosive interview with MUTV in November 2005 represented the final step in bringing about the end for him at the club he’d formerly captained.
To this day the ex-Red Devils skipper remains keen to offer his take on his career with the Premier League champions, with incidents involving Ferguson having become increasingly prevalent of late after the legendary boss released his autobiography, in which Keane had previously alleged the 71-year-old fabricated “lies” about him.
And now the former midfielder has hit out against his one-time manager once more, speaking to ITV4 in the documentary ‘Keane and Vieira: Best of Enemies’.
"Everything is about control and power,” he said.
“He's still striving for it now even though he's not manager. There's massive ego involved in that."
Small pockets of observers have alleged that Ferguson is in part to blame for United’s downfall this season, not having properly set the club up to transition to a new era under David Moyes, but Keane didn’t appear keen to comment on such issues.
He instead harkened back to his withdrawal from United eight years ago, claiming he could’ve played on at Old Trafford and had been left without direction by his former employers.
“Of course I was upset,” he added. “I did shed a few tears in my car for about two minutes. But I also told myself I had to get on with my life.
“I walked out with nothing, I had no club lined up and I was injured. I told David Gill I had been injured playing for Manchester United.
“I could have played for Manchester United easily for another couple of years.”
Yet his career would end only six months on after a short stint with boyhood favourites Celtic, his injury problems having worsened to the point where medical professionals advised him against playing on.
In his current capacity as Republic of Ireland assistant manager Keane doesn’t seem inclined in the slightest to curb his confrontational nature that led Ferguson to contend he “has the most savage tongue you can imagine” in his retrospective on life at United.
Seemingly the row between the two will never be solved, with Keane only having received more ammunition what with the release of the Scot’s book and United’s terrible way since Ferguson vacated his post after 26 years.
Is it a possible distraction of a sideshow for the Mancunians? Certainly all at the club are aware of the tensions between the two but likely aren’t inclined to become invested in the situation, though with matters in doubt at Old Trafford, the ongoing row is simply another perturbation floating around in the side’s atmosphere.
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