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Tuesday 10 December 2019

None of the players had an issue with Roy Keane's MUTV interview - Rio Ferdinand

Roy Keane with john O'Shea and Cristiano Ronaldo at United
Roy Keane with john O'Shea and Cristiano Ronaldo at United

Cormac Byrne

On a day when Roy Keane is in the headlines for all the wrong reasons, Rio Ferdinand has backed the Corkman's account of the infamous MUTV interview that led to his Manchester United departure.

Keane was involved in a fracas with a member of the public at the Ireland team hotel in Portmarnock last night.

In a statement to camera this morning, distributed by the Football Association of Ireland (FAI), Martin O'Neill said he was aware of the facts of the incident and remains fully supportive of his right-hand man.

Away from the furore caused by last night's incident, Rio Ferdinand has had his say on the infamous 2005 MUTV interview involving Keane which saw the former United captain leave the club.

His recollection appears to be a lot closer to Keane's than to Alex Ferguson's.

"We all went up to the manager’s office. Keaney called a little meeting and said ‘listen guys there is something that has been pulled on the MUTV channel that I am not ashamed of and I would say it all to your faces, if you want to see it, no problem," Ferdinand told the Nicky Byrne Show on 2FM this afternoon.

It was rumoured Ferdinand was personally criticised (‘Just because you are paid £120,000-a-week and play well for 20 minutes against Tottenham, you think you are a superstar’) in the video, but he was unmoved by what he saw.

"We were all quite comfortable with it really," he added.

"The manager wasn’t happy about it and the club weren’t happy about it and we all went in and saw it, had a look and to be fair he had said worse to peoples’ faces if I’m being honest. It wasn’t anything you didn’t expect from Keane."

The QPR defender suggested that Keane's motives for saying what he said in the interview, was to make the team better.

"Keaney is an emotional guy and it was quite impulsive and he made his decision to do that. He wasn’t doing it for the wrong reasons. He was doing it for the betterment of the squad. You can start thinking is someone doing it for their own purposes but Keaney isn’t that type of person."

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