‘I didn’t get their banter or what they stood for sometimes… personality-wise they were not for me’: Roy Keane reveals he didn’t warm to Wayne Rooney and Rio Ferdinand during their time together at Manchester United
- Roy Keane said he never got on very well with Wayne Rooney or Rio Ferdinand
- Keane played with both at Manchester United until he left in 2005 for Celtic
- The midfielder said he never understood the ‘banter’ near the end of his career
Keane, who used to captain United, said he did not miss either of them once he had left the club in 2005.
‘I didn’t get Wayne or Rio, I didn’t get their banter or what they stood for sometimes. It was probably a personal thing,’ Keane told Sky Sports’ The Football Show.
Roy Keane admitted he never got on well with Wayne Rooney and Rio Ferdinand at Man United
Keane (right) said he never understood Rooney’s ‘banter’ but he respected him as a player
‘The game was changing and I had changed with it but towards the end at United with the players coming through I didn’t always get them.
‘Personality-wise they were not for me. Obviously they were very good players and I was delighted to play with them but in terms of banter or having a cup of coffee with them? No forget it.’
Keane joined Manchester United in 1993 under Sir Alex Ferguson, who he has also been openly critical of in the past. He made 480 appearances in a United shirt but admitted near the end, he struggled to fit in with the squad in the dressing room.
Keane said ‘personality-wise’ they were ‘not for him’ as he digs at his former teammates
Defender Rio Ferdinand joined the club in 2002 – five years into Keane’s captaincy – whilst Rooney joined two years later, as Keane was edging closer towards his exit from the club.
Keane explained that despite his explosive personality, the trio never came to blows – as he re-called an incident where himself and Rooney had come close to an argument over watching the ITV show ‘The X-Factor’.
‘We certainly didn’t have an argument, let me tell you,’ Keane added.
The midfielder (not pictured) said that they never came to blows despite an incident with a TV
‘I like my rugby league and yeah, someone did change the channel and I wasn’t happy. But we didn’t have an argument about it. I came down for breakfast the next day and Wayne said ‘Did you find the control?’
‘So I told him where to go. If that’s an argument, god help us. I certainly didn’t respect Wayne because he stood up to me and wanted to watch the X Factor.
‘I had a lot of respect for Wayne because I thought he was a brilliant player.
‘I wouldn’t say I warmed to the guy, I certainly didn’t dislike him. But the lad’s on a different wavelength, different banter and if hiding the control was his type of banter then…not for me.’