Thursday 22 August 2019

'It'd be nice to see Alex Ferguson and Roy Keane patch things up'

Alex Ferguson and Roy Keane in happier times as they celebrate after beating Arsenal in the FA Cup at Villa Park in 2004. Photo: John Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images
Alex Ferguson and Roy Keane in happier times as they celebrate after beating Arsenal in the FA Cup at Villa Park in 2004. Photo: John Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images

Steven Beacom

Martin Ferguson is hoping that his brother Alex and Roy Keane will patch up their differences.

Ferguson and Keane had a fantastic relationship as the two dominant forces at United during the club's most successful period before an infamous falling out in 2005 led to the former Republic of Ireland midfielder leaving the club and moving to Celtic.

A month before his departure, following a 4-1 defeat to Middlesbrough in which he didn't feature due to injury, Keane had been fiercely critical of his United team-mates in an interview with MUTV which was never broadcast.

Since the acrimonious split 11 years ago this month, relations between the pair have been frosty, with neither of the firebrand characters wanting to give an inch.

Alex's brother, a huge admirer of Keane as a player, hopes that those issues can be ironed out.

"It would be nice if the two of them got together again," he said. "Whether that would happen I don't know.

"Eventually Roy and Alex didn't get on [at United] but Roy was a great player and Alex knew he was a great player. The first player in his team every week was Roy Keane."

Martin believes that had Keane and Paul Scholes not been suspended for the 1999 Champions League final when United beat Bayern Munich 2-1 with late goals from Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to clinch an historic treble, the epic clash at the Nou Camp would not have been nearly as dramatic.

"People say that Bayern Munich were the better team in the 1999 European Cup final but they forget we had two of our best players suspended," he said.

"If Roy and Paul had been playing we'd have won the match by half-time because they were such influential players."

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