Keane doesn’t know "why I f****** apologised" to Sir Alex Ferguson

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Roy Keane's Manchester United career came to a spectacular end with the midfielder's contract being torn up, but Keane has only one regret – apologising to Sir Alex Ferguson.

Back in 2005, Keane – then a hard-tackling midfielder – gave a no-holds-barred interview to MUTV after a stinging 4-1 defeat at the hands of Middlesbrough.

The contents of the interview were so controversial that the tape was apparently destroyed, though reports suggest four copies remain locked away at Old Trafford.

Ferguson claims Keane launched into a tirade of abuse at his team-mates, and believes the midfielder "overstepped the line" with his criticism. Keane, on the other hand, believes the incident was blown out of proportion.

The interview was removed from the MUTV schedule after Ferguson saw it, and very few people know what was actually said. However, the United squad at the time decided to huddle together and watch the footage.

Days later, Keane was called into Ferguson's office to discuss his future, and asked to be let go by the club. The manager was only too happy to oblige, agreeing to pay out the remainder of his contract and organise a testimonial game for him, which was played at the end of the season.

Keane later explained that he apologised to Ferguson and his assistant, Carlos Queiroz, for his role in the incident. But that apology wasn't particularly sincere, as Keane revealed.

"Afterwards I was thinking, 'I'm not sure why I f****** apologised.'," he wrote ins is autobiography. "I just wanted to do the right thing. I was apologising for what had happened – that it had happened. But I wasn't apologising for my behaviour or stance. There's a difference – I had nothing to apologise for."

Keane and Ferguson aren't believed to have mended their relationship, with reports suggesting they blanked each other while sat just seats away from one another on a plane journey a few years back.

And the player-turned-pundit recently confirmed he could never forgive the legendary Scot, and referred to the situation as "nonsense". He said: "I wouldn't forgive Ferguson. The media spin, how I apparently upset everybody, it was all nonsense. "I don't care if it's Alex Ferguson or the Pope, you're going to defend yourself."

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