ROY Keane’s mother has rushed to the defence of her son, who is nursing wounds caused by comments from his ex-manager Alex Ferguson.
Roy’s horrified mum said: “God almighty, I can’t believe Sir Alex would say such things about Roy. I just can’t believe it. I would never have thought he would do something like this.”
“If he has or had a problem with Roy, why didn’t he say something to him or do something about it when he was face to face with him, when he could defend himself?”
Ferguson's hardback goes in particularly hard on Keane, who responded immediately on ITV last night with the riposte that his former manager "does not know the meaning of loyalty".
And Marie expressed her disbelief that the former Manchester United manager, who had always been courteous towards the Keane family, would lash out at Roy.
“Myself and (Roy’s dad) Mossie have met him numerous times. He was always very nice and courteous to us. He was always friendly towards Roy and we never saw any antagonism there.”
“He would always come over and ask us how we were and if he could do anything for us. When I was sick he sent me flowers and when Mossie was in hospital he sent him a basket of fruit.”
Upset Marie told The Sun: “I can tell you that for years and especially when he was captain Roy was able to get the players on side and to do what they needed to do to win. He held that team together and was respected by the players.”
“It is not nice what Sir Alex is saying about him. He’s our son and he has a wife and children and it is not nice for any of us to be hearing someone run a loved one down like that… It’s all very nasty what he has said. It’s nasty really. It’s just terrible and I am very upset.”
Ferguson lashed out on Roy at a press conference to promote his book yesterday, shocking the soccer world.
“The hardest part of Roy’s body is his tongue.”
“What I noticed about him that day as I was arguing with him was that his eyes started to narrow, almost to wee black beads. It was frightening to watch. And I’m from Glasgow.”