Roy Keane reveals “only reason” he left Manchester United

Roy Keane is one of few Manchester United legends who isn’t welcomed back to the club with open arms these days.

The former Republic of Ireland midfielder was one of the Old Trafford club’s great captains, leading United to a bucketload of major trophies during his time in Manchester.

Keane left United under a cloud in 2005 after publicly criticising some of his team-mates. After a 4-1 hammering by Middlesbrough, Keane named and shamed a number of his team-mates in an interview that was never aired by in-house TV station MUTV.

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It was always believed that Keane was shown the door by Sir Alex Ferguson for the things he’d said in the interview. But Keane says otherwise, and claims that it was because he appealed a fine imposed by the Scot.

The 46-year-old told the Limerick Leader: “The only reason I ended up leaving Man United was I appealed a £5,000 fine.

“If I hadn’t appealed the fine I wouldn’t have left Man United.

“Don’t be brainwashed by the propaganda and lies. It is peanuts, you get fined that for being late for training at United.”

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