ROY KEANE kept his words to a minimum as he endured an awkward exchange with Sir Alex Ferguson on his Manchester United farewell.
The fiery Irishman’s epic career at Old Trafford came to an abrupt end after his infamous MUTV interview following a 4-1 defeat at Middlesbrough in October 2005.
He tore into several of his team-mates in the never broadcast interview – which infuriated club boss Fergie.
As tensions between the two continued to rise, it was announced weeks later on November 18 that the former midfielder had left the club by “mutual consent”.
That came after Keane, who would join Celtic on a free transfer after 12 successful years at United, was told he was not wanted for a reserve game and that he was being stripped of the captaincy.
However, at the end of that season he was awarded a testimonial by the Red Devils where United took on Celtic.
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And after Cristiano Ronaldo sealed a 1-0 win for the Premier League side, Keane was able to address the crowd.
He and Ferguson awkwardly exchanged a few private words before he took the mic for his short and sweet farewell.
The Republic of Ireland international said: “I haven’t really got too much to say.
“I’d just like to thank first of all the United and Celtic fans for showing up – thank you.
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“I’d like to thank the players. I know it’s been a long season, probably this is the last thing they needed, but I do appreciate it – thanks very much.
“That’s it, really. I hope you’ve had a great night. It’s something I’ll remember for the rest of my life. All the best.”
Just several weeks ago Keane slammed Nemanja Matic as the Serb said his goodbyes to Old Trafford.
The Serb said: “It was a pleasure to play at Old Trafford for five years and I will do my best to help the team. United will always be in my heart, as will Chelsea.
“There must be better times in the future, United are a great club and expectations are high.”
That led to Keane, who was working as a pundit on Sky Sports, to say: “He talks about leaving, that he had a good time at the club, that Man United will always be in his heart, just like Chelsea.
“Oh, don’t forget Benfica! They don’t all fit in his heart.”
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