Roy Keane's hitlist - Here are the best quotes from autobiography

Roy Keane's new biography is published on Thursday and he doesn't hold back

...On Alex Ferguson:

“If he was being nice I would think: ‘This is business, this.’ He was driven and ruthless. That lack of warmth was his strength. United was a much bigger club than [Nottingham] Forest, but his coldness made him successful. As a manager I would take Clough’s warmth and Ferguson’s ruthlessness and put them in the mix – but also add my own traits.”

...On apologising to Fergie after leaving club...

“Now I kind of wish I hadn’t. Afterwards I was thinking, ‘I’m not sure why I f------apologised.’ I just wanted to do the right thing.”

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...On Cristiano Ronaldo joining United...

“We were playing Sporting Lisbon to celebrate the opening of their stadium. I saw how good Ronaldo was that day. He was up against John O’Shea. Sheasy ended up seeing the doctor at half time because he was actually having dizzy spells.

“The club concluded negotiations after the game and we always joked with Sheasy he had actually sealed the deal by playing like a f------ clown."

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...On Peter Schmeichel...

"I had a bust-up with Peter when we were on a pre-season tour of Asia. I think we were in Hong Kong. There was drink involved. The manager had a go at us as we were getting on the bus, and people were going on about a fight in the hotel the night before. It started coming back to me – the fight between me and Peter. Peter had grabbed me, I'd headbutted him – we'd been fighting for ages.”

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...On that tackle on Alf-Inge Haaland...

"There are things I regret in my life and he's not one of them."

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...On Clive Clarke's heart attack...

"I had the evil thought: 'I'm glad he had it tonight'; because it would deflect from our woeful performance." (Clarke was on loan to Leicester at time while Sunderland lost to League One side Luton in League Cup.)

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...On Sunderland players listening to Abba...

"They were going to play a match men v men, 'f****** Dancing Queen'"

...On THAT MUTV interview...

“Even now people still say: ‘The video had to be destroyed.’ Like it was a nuclear weapon or something.

“Did someone drive out to the countryside and bury it in the f------ ground? Or did a bomb disposal unit come and explode it? It had to be destroyed.”

Despite the furore caused by United blocking the programme being aired by MUTV, Keane claims he had no concerns about his team-mates witnessing his appearance.

“I wasn’t worried about the dressing room,” Keane said. “They knew my form. It was getting a bit silly so I got the players together in the dressing room and told them it was f------ nonsense. Not one of them had an issue. Not one.”

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...On row with United coach Carlos Queiroz during 2005...

“I said, ‘Don’t you f------ talk to me about loyalty, Carlos'. “Don’t you dare question my loyalty. I had opportunities to go to Juventus and Bayern Munich."

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Class of 92's Robbie Savage and Salford City's Phillip Edgehill battle for the ball during the pre-season friendly at the AJ Bell Stadium, Salford. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday August 7, 2014. See PA story SOCCER Salford. Photo credit should read: Dave Howarth/PA Wire

...Robbie Savage...

So I got Robbie's mobile number and rang him. It went to his voicemail: 'Hi, it's Robbie - whazzup!' like the Budweiser ad. I never called him back. I thought: 'I can't be f**king signing that.'"

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...His drinking...

“The self-destruct button is definitely there. And I suffer for it. With my drinking, I used to go missing for a few days.

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22 May 2002; Republic of Ireland captain Roy Keane walks past manager Mick McCarthy during squad training. Adagym, Saipan. Soccer. Cup2002. Picture credit; David Maher / SPORTSFILE *EDI*


“I will lose out. Saipan and the World Cup – ultimately I lost. Or when I left United, when I could have stayed a bit longer if it had been handled differently. I was the one who lost; I know that. That’s the madness of me. When I’m going off on one, even when I might be right, there’s a voice in my head going: ‘You’ll pay for this.’

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