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Rory McIlroy jokes he'd pay 'a lot of money' to see Alex Ferguson knock out Roy Keane

Published 30/10/2015 | 13:26

Alex Ferguson and Rory McIlroy
Alex Ferguson and Rory McIlroy

Life-long Manchester United fan Rory McIlroy has revealed his favourite United player and joked that he would love to see Alex Ferguson get into the ring with Roy Keane.

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The Irish golfer was asked a number of football questions after completing his bogey-free first round at the Turkish Airlines Open in Antalya, Turkey, yesterday.

The 26-year-old said current captain Wayne Rooney is his favourite player of all time, while the much-maligned Eric Djemba-Djemba was United's worst signing.

McIlroy has publicly stated his admiration for the hugely successful United boss on a number of occasions and has previously described how he sat in a 'trance' listening to the Scot deliver a motivational talk to the European team ahead of the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles.

According to The Daily Mail, the decorated golfer had a quick response to a hypothetical question from reporters.

"I'd pay a lot of money to see Alex Ferguson knock Roy Keane out," he laughed when asked light-heartedly about the pair settling their difference in the boxing ring.

McIlroy also admitted it was a "weird" start to the season for the Red Devils but had full confidence in £36m signing Anthony Martial.

"I think Martial will be a great signing, I think he already is a great signing. And with the experience they've got, they will be okay," he said.

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