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No turbulence as Roy Keane and Fergie share plane


Roy Keane

Roy Keane

Alex Ferguson

Alex Ferguson


Roy Keane

THEY were once close allies at Manchester United, but now it seems they cannot even acknowledge one another.

Alex Ferguson and his former captain at Old Trafford, Roy Keane, only communicate these days through their autobiographies.

The pair met for the first time since the release of Keane's updated life story on a flight yesterday morning from Charles de Gaulle to Manchester.

Alex Ferguson was in Paris with his wife Cathy in his capacity as a UEFA ambassador while Keane, accompanied by Paul Scholes, was returning from punditry duty at Chelsea's clash with Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.

Keane had accused Ferguson of telling "lies, basic lies" about him in his latest book.

Daniel Taylor from the Guardian was on the same flight and reported that neither spoke to each other with Ferguson sitting three rows behind Keane.

Keane was the last person to board.

"As the Irishman took his seat, Cathy gave her husband a nudge. Ferguson took one look, narrowed his eyes and then lifted up his newspaper to continue reading the sports pages," he said.

"That newspaper was a handy shield over the next hour or so in the air," he said.

"The plane had not even taken off before another passenger was speculating whether the flight might have to be diverted due to air-rage."

Keane reportedly left the plane first on landing and the pair never spoke.